Lokpal Got Approval, PM Not In Ambit
The Union Cabinet gave a nod to the proposal of the prestigious Lokpal Bill-2011, but without the Prime Minister included in its ambit. The Bill renders an institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith. The Lokpal panel consists of a Chairperson and 8 members, with the stipulation that half of the members shall be Judicial Members. The Lokpal will have its own Investigation Wing and a Prosecution Wing. The original Lokpal as demanded by Anna Hazare also inquires into allegations of corruption made in respect of the Prime Minister, after he has demitted office, along with a Minister of the Union and a Member of Parliament.