Panel on Lokpal leaves PM issue to Parliament

Parliamentary panel scrutinising the Lokpal Bill has decided to leave the issue of inclusion of PM under ambit of the ombudsman to Parliament.

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2011, 23:48 PM IST

New Delhi: In the face of sharp divisions,
the Parliamentary panel scrutinising the Lokpal Bill has
decided to leave the issue of inclusion of Prime Minister
under the ambit of the ombudsman to the "good sense" of
Parliament.

The Committee, which had earlier decided to include Group
C officials within the purview of Lokpal, has also recommended
to exclude the category.

In the 199-page final draft report circulated to the
members today, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on
Personnel and Law and Justice has said that three broad views
have emerged on the inclusion or exclusion of PM
under Lokpal.

These views should be sent as "options" and it should be
left to the "good sense" of Parliament to decide on which
option needs to be adopted.

"It would be, therefore, pointless in debating the
diverse arguments in respect of each option or against each
option. In fairness, each of the option has a reasonable zone
of merit as also some areas of demerit. The Committee believes
that the wisdom of Parliament in this respect should be
deferred to and the Commitee, therefore, so opines," the final
draft read.

While one view was to completely exclude Prime Minister,
an equally strong contention was for his inclusion subject to
certain safeguards while a third option was to include him
with a rider that he should liable for action/prosecution only
after he demits office.

PTI