Bihar Lokayukta Bill proposes CM under its ambit

Patna: The Bihar Lokayukta Bill, 2011, has proposed constitution of a three-member Lokayukta with jurisdiction to probe corruption charges against public servants from the chief minister down to employees of the lowest rung of the administration.

Public servants including the chief minister, ministers, members of the state legislature, officials, employees, companies, NGOs and chairpersons of the various boards and corporations in the state would be within the purview of the Lokayukta, according to the draft bill circulated among the state legislature members and the media here today.

It would require permission of the full bench of Lokayukta to initiate investigation or prosecution against the chief minister, minister and members of the state legislature under sections 16 of the Lokayukta Act while it may inquire into act or conduct of others if such a person is associated with allegation under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The Lokayukta shall consist of a chairman and two members who would be judicial members appointed by the Governor. They would hold office for a term not exceeeding five years from the date of assuming office or until attainment of 70 years of age, whichever is earlier, the draft bill said.

The Bihar Lokayukta Bill draft also proposed to set up a five-member search committee comprising Bihar legislative council chairman as its convenor, besides Bihar assembly Speaker, two sitting judges of Patna High Court nominated by the chief justice and immediate outgoing Lokayukta as its members to select the chairman and members of the Lokayukta.