For Lokpal, babus ‘corrupt’ if assets not declared

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 21:51

New Delhi: The Lokpal will presume that a
public servant has acquired assets through corrupt means if he
or she fails to declare them or gives any misleading
information, says a proposal in the Lokpal Bill to be
introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The Lokpal can also recommend transfer or suspension
of public servants connected with allegations of corruption.

The anti-corruption watchdog would take up corruption
matters involving ministers, MPs, Group `A` officers and
others equivalent to this grade in any body, board, authority,
corporation, trust, society or autonomous body set up by an
Act of Parliament.

The Lokpal Bill seeks to keep the office of the Prime
Minister outside the purview of the ombudsman during his term
in office and also excludes the higher judiciary and conduct
of MPs inside Parliament.

The institution would inquire into allegations of
corruption in respect of the Prime Minister only after he
demits office.

The Lokpal, consisting of Chairperson and eight members,
half of them judicial, will have its own prosecution and
investigation wing with officers and staff necessary to carry
out its functions.

Persons with impeccable integrity, with 25 years of
experience in administration who have dealt with corruption
and vigilance, would also form part of the Lokpal.

According to one of the provisions of the Bill, the
Lokpal cannot look into complaints against any of its members
or the Chairman. Such complaints would be referred to the
Chief Justice of India by the President.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 21:51

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