The Centre is considering changes in anti-corruption legislation to make it mandatory for CBI or any other investigating agency to seek prior approval from the Lokpal to probe corruption charges against government servants, a move apparently aimed at shielding the corrupt.
A bill seeking to amend Lokpal and Lokyuktas Act to include Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha in a panel, which will select chairperson and members of the anti-corruption body, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha will be included in a panel to select the chairperson and members of anti-corruption body Lokpal and an amendment Bill in this regard will be introduced during the ongoing session of the Parliament.
The absence of recognised Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha will not invalidate appointments in various statutory bodies including Lokpal and CVC among others, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has said.
With nearly three weeks left for retirement of CBI Director Ranjit Sinha, the government on Friday held discussion on the issue of bringing an amendment in the Lokpal Act for selection of his successor in the absence of Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha.
The central government has declined to make public details of people who have applied for becoming chairperson and members of anti-corruption body Lokpal, saying the information is held by it in "fiduciary relationship".
The government will go by the laid-down rules in deciding on appointments to the posts of Lokpal, CVC and other statutory authorities with the Leader of Opposition, who is a member of the selection panel for choosing them, not having been designated for the Lower House.