Congress and BJP MLAs Opposed Jan Lokpal Bill in Delhi Assembly to save Corrupt leaders in parties: Reports


corruptionNew Delhi: New Delhi: The Congress and BJP MLAs “defeated” Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s attempts to introduce Jan Lokpal Bill aimed at curbing corruption in high places. Out of 70 MLAs in the Delhi Assembly, 42 MLAs ( Congress, BJP and independant MLAs) opposed the Jan Lokpal Bill.

If Jan Lokpal Bill becomes law, then majority of the MLAs ( Both from Congress and BJP) will have to go to jail. So the two political parties thought of opposing the Bill and stopped from becoming a LAW. There by, the corrupt political leaders in the Party and their associates outside the party can be saved from not going to jail, opine analysts.

To save the corrupt political leaders inside Congress, BJP and outside the Political parties, the Congress and BJP MLAs opposed Janlokpal Bill in the Delhi Assembly, say political analysts.

The Jan Lokpal Bill, also referred to as the Citizen’s Ombudsman Bill, is an anti-corruption bill , to investigate corruption cases.

The Jan Lokpal Bill aims to effectively deter corruption, compensate citizen grievances, and protect whistle-blowers. The prefix Jan (translation: citizens) signifies that these improvements include inputs provided by “ordinary citizens” through an activist-driven, non-governmental public consultation.

Some important features of the Jan Lokpal Bill are:

Issue The Jan Lokpal Bill
Prime Minister PM can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.

Judiciary Can be investigated, though high level members may be investigated only with permission of a seven member Lokpal bench.

Conduct of MPs Can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.

Lower bureaucracy All public servants would be included.

Anti-Corruption wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) The Anti-Corruption wing of the CBI will be merged into the Lokpal.

Removal of Lokpal members and Chair Any person can bring a complaint to the Supreme Court, who can then recommend removal of any member to the President.

Removal of Lokpal staff and officers Complaints against Lokpal staff will be handled by independent boards set-up in each state, composed of retired bureaucrats, judges, and civil society members.

Lokayukta Lokayukta and other local/state anti-corruption agency would remain in place.

Whistleblower protection Whistleblowers are protected by Lokpal.

Punishment for corruption Lokpal can either directly impose penalties, or refer the matter to the courts. Penalties can include removal from office, imprisonment, and recovery of assets from those who benefited from the corruption.

Investigatory powers Lokpal can obtain wiretaps (to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly), issue rogatory letters, and recruit investigating officers. Cannot issue contempt orders.

False, frivolous and vexatious complaints Lokpal can issue fines for frivolous complaints (including frivolous complaints against Lokpal itself), with a maximum penalty of Rs 100,000.

NGOs NGOs not within the scope due to their role in exposing corruption.