Lokpal Bill may come up in Parliament in November

A redrafted Lokpal Bill may be brought in Parliament during its winter session, that usually starts mid-November.

New Delhi: A redrafted Lokpal Bill may be brought in parliament during its winter session, that usually starts mid-November, after the parliamentary standing committee on law and justice deliberates over various drafts of the proposed anti-graft law, government sources said on Sunday.

The sources said that, at that stage, amendments or changes in the legislation would be possible with the approval of both houses of parliament. After being passed by both the houses, it would go to President Pratibha Patil for approval before becoming a law.

On a day when activist Anna Hazare ended his 12-day fast here over a strong Lokpal Bill, the sources said the proceedings of the Saturday`s special debate on the bill in parliament would be sent to the standing committee so that it could take a look at the MPs` unanimous decision of accepting three key demands made by Hazare.

Hazare`s demands are a citizens` charter, creation of Lokayuktas in the states and inclusion of lower bureaucracy in Lokpal`s ambit.

The parliamentary committee, currently examining the Lokpal Bill, would deliberate on various suggestions and drafts related to it and submit recommendations to parliament.

Committee Chairperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the panel would try to complete its work before the winter session of parliament.


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