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Cabinet to take up revised Lokpal Bill today, Lokayukta likely to be kept out of its ambit


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Jan 31, 2013 at 09:14am IST

New Delhi: The union cabinet will consider the new revised Lokpal Bill on Thursday, even though the Law Ministry has objections to the draft. The new draft leaves the appointment of Lokayuktas to the states. The earlier bill had given this power to the Centre.

The new draft also has extra protection for public servants giving them the right to present their view to the Lokpal. The Law Ministry believes that bureaucrats should not have the right to be heard first.

The Rajya Sabha select committee had said that the Lokpal could order a probe straight away. NGOs, except religious organisations, will come under the purview of the Lokpal.

The Law Ministry wants to keep NGOs out. The fifth member of the 5-member Lokpal, an eminent jurist, will be appointed by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

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