What is Lokpal?
Lokpal is a proposed authority like CBI that will be authorized and responsible for investigating cases of corruption and black money. It will be responsible for collecting information and evidences against the culprits and file legal cases in the courts of law. The lawyers of the Lokpal will also be responsible for fighting the cases in the courts and ensure that the culprits are appropriately punished and the embezzled money and property is confiscated from the culprits.
I would emphasize the fact that the Lokpal will not be empowered to punish or imprison the culprit. Their job will be limited to the actions described in the preceding paragraph.
A bill is required to be drafted for constituting the Lokpal and submitted the same to the parliament for the consideration of the house. The parliament in turn will approve the same in order to make it a law and publication of a gazette notification by the Government of India. This be followed by the final process of appointing the Lokpal, making the infrastructure of the office and recruiting personnel for the same just like the office of the CBI.
What are the reasons for rejection of the bill in parliament?
Following are the few points / provisions in the proposed Lokpal bill that are not agreed to by the members of parliament. Following are the proposed provisions for which the recent drafting committee could not reach to an amicable conclusion:
- Prime Minister can be investigated with the 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
- Members of Parliament can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench
- All public servants of lower bureaucracy would be investigated