AAP government to table Lokpal bill in Assembly today
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi will table Lokpal bill in the Assembly on Monday. The ruling AAP, which enjoys decent numbers in the house, is confident of a smooth sailing in the house.
New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi will table Lokpal bill in the Assembly on Monday. The ruling AAP, which enjoys decent numbers in the house, is confident of a smooth sailing in the house.
Kejriwal has been facing flaks from his former colleague Prashant Bhushan, according to whom the proposed legislation is completely different from its previous 2014 version.
The senior Supreme Court lawyer claimed that the 2015 Bill increases the say of the government in the appointment and removal of the ombdusman and brings under its ambit Union government functionaries, among other "glaring" differences.
In the wake of the claims by the Swaraj Abhiyan leader, AAP hit out at Bhushan and alleged that his attack goes on to prove the "collaboration" between him and BJP.
But Bhushan, who was expelled from AAP for "anti-party activities", lashed out at the claim while likening Kejriwal to Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister under the infamous Hitler regime.
Bhushan also dared the Delhi chief minister to an open debate on the matter.
Significantly, the 2015 Bill gives powers to the anti- graft ombdusman to inquire into and investigate allegations of corruption occurring anywhere in the "National Capital Territory of Delhi", thus bringing Union government functionaries under its ambit.
The 2014 Bill, released by Bhushan, on the other hand, said that the Lokpal can investigate any matter either suo- motu or based on a complaint in respect of public servants.
It described public servant as someone who is serving in the connection with the affairs of the Delhi government and any such person whose services are "temporarily placed at the disposal of the Central government, the government of another state, the local authority or any other body."