Lokpal Bill: Pranab meets Parliament panel chief

With the government gearing up to bring the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament, UPA trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee had a meeting with Abhishek Singhvi, the Chairman of the Standing Committee scrutinzing the measure.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2011, 21:35 PM IST

New Delhi: With the government gearing up to
bring the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament, UPA
trouble shooter Pranab Mukherjee had a meeting with Abhishek
Singhvi, the Chairman of the Standing Committee scrutinzing
the measure.

Sources said the meeting that lasted for close to an hour
was also attended by Congress MPs, who are members of the
Committee.

The meeting took place a day before Team Anna, which met
on Saturday, asked the government to ensure passage of the Jan
Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Parliament failing which
they would oppose Congress in the Assembly elections in five
states scheduled early next year.

It is learnt that the meeting between Singhvi and
Mukherjee also discussed the latest version of the Lokpal bill
submitted by former Chief Justices of India J S Verma and M N
Venkatachaliah, which seeks to give Constitutional power to
Lokpal.

Sources say that the Standing Committee is studying the
various pros and cons to give Constitutional status to Lokpal
as it would require an amendment in the Constitution and the
support of a two third majority to pass it.

PTI