Lokpal Bill panel to meet today

May 2nd, 2011 - 12:20 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 2 (ANI): The joint drafting committee comprising five union ministers and social activist Anna Hazare’s representatives will hold its second meeting on Monday to discuss the latest version of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

The meeting comes against the backdrop of differences on the inclusion of judiciary in the anti-graft legislation.

At a round-table organised recently, two former Chief Justices of India - J S Verma and M N Venkatachalaiah - had opposed inclusion of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts in the proposed legislation.

The latest version has a new clause, Clause 13-C, which gives wide powers to “an appropriate bench of the Lokpal” to “approve interception and monitoring of messages or data or voice transmitted through telephones, internet or any other medium as covered under the India Telegraph Act, read with Information and Technology Act 2000.”

Another new provision in this draft is for setting up of a separate “prosecution wing” for the office of Lokpal, which is already envisaged to have powers to investigate.

The draft was circulated to government representatives during the Committee’s fist meeting on April 16. (ANI)

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