Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Amended Lokpal Bill gets Parliament nod; Prime Minister brought under purview

The following are some important features of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013, passed by Parliament :-

  • Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the level of the states
  • Prime Minister has been brought under the purview of the Lokpal
  • Lokpal’s jurisdiction will cover all categories of public servants
  • All entities receiving donations from foreign  ource in the context of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in excess of ` 10 lakh per year

  • Lokpal will have power of superintendence & direction over any investigation agency including CBI for cases referred to them by  lokpal
  • The Bill also incorporates provisions for attachment and confiscation of property acquired by corrupt means, even while the prosecution is pending


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