SC dismisses PIL against Lokpal drafting committee
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL challenging constitution of Lokpal Bill drafting committee saying that task is over and the matter has become infructuous.
"Since the joint drafting committee has already completed the work and has submitted the report, the petition has become infructuous," a bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said.
The bench was hearing a PIL challenging the Constitutional validity of inclusion of five civil society members in a committee to draft a Lokpal Bill.
The petitioner had submitted that the notification constituting the 10-member Joint Drafting Committee, was contrary to the Constitutional provision of Article 53 as the power to issue such notification belonged only to the President of India.
It said the notification was also violative of Article 118 of the Constitution under which only Parliament has the privilege of setting up a committee comprising MPs.
According to the petition, no politician, committee or social worker have a right to take part in the drafting of the bill though every citizen`s view ought to be ascertained by way of notification at the time of drafting a Bill.
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