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Lokpal: Parl panel to begin deliberations today

Last Updated: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 08:19

Chandigarh: The Parliamentary panel scrutinising the Lokpal Bill will start its internal deliberations from Monday and hopes to complete its work soon, its Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

"The speed and the direction of the committee are nothing short of a miracle," Singhvi said at North Zone Lawyers` Conference on Legal and Electoral Reforms organised by Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee here.

The term of the Standing Committee was recently extended till December 7.
"We are hoping to complete our work soon and fast but we refused to give any deadline as it would be unfair to the Committee and its members," Singhvi said.

He said the Committee will start its own internal deliberations from tomorrow. "I hope we will be able to do our job in quickest possible time...but there are more than 15-17 issues like the inclusion of the Prime Minister (etc)...there are strong pro and con arguments and every argument is being looked at".

Singhvi said that majority of issues are those on which "there cannot be any major debate unless one wants to make it political".

Team Anna which has been campaigning for a strong Lokpal Bill has demanded that the Bill be brought in the Winter Session of Parliament which is scheduled to begin on November 22 and continue till December 23.


First Published: Monday, November 14, 2011 - 08:19
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