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`No time limit can be specified on Lokpal Bill`

Last Updated: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 16:29

New Delhi: Amid demands that the Jan Lokpal
bill be passed by August 30, the Parliamentary Committee going
into the Lokpal Bill on Saturday said that "no time limit can be
accurately specified" for giving the report except that the
reference to the panel initially is for three months.

"No time limit can be accurately specified except that
the reference to us initially is for three months", Abhishek Singhvi, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law
and Justice said.
Singhvi, a Congress member of the Rajya Sabha and a
senior advocate, steered clear of any reaction over the
demands in connection with the Lokpal bill.

"I do not wish to comment on views of others. All I can
say it that this multi-party committee resembling a
mini-Parliament will assiduously look into every aspect with a
completely open mind", he said.
The process includes invitation of diverse views in
writing, examination of witness evidence and detailed
confidential deliberations, he said.

Singhvi declined to comment on Team Anna`s demand for
early introduction of Jan Lokpal Bill in Parliament and their
contention that government can get it passed in days if it has
the will.

"This is a matter for the government to decide and
there is no question of my comment on it", Singhvi said.

Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare has set August 30
as the deadline for Parliament to pass the bill.

Soon after the bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on
August 4, the Rajya Sabha Chairman has referred it to the
Committee and given it three months to give recommendations.


First Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 16:29
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