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Editor: Nagaraja.M.R.. Vol.08..Issue.31….….04/08/2012

 

 

Government Inaction on Irom Sharmila’s Fast Is An Affront To Democracy

 

IROM SHARMILA

 

 

An Open Letter to Honourable Chief Justice of India

To,

Honourable Chief Justice of India ,

Supreme Court of India ,

New Delhi.

 

Kind Attn: Sh. S. H. Kapadia

 

Dear Sir,

We are writing this letter to you with my faith in judiciary and deep pain in my heart. The pain is there because as a citizen of this democracy, we would like to have every right to be heard and to raise our voice.

By this public letter, we want to raise our voice before you (before the highest institution of law in my country) as the issue about which we are requesting, is associated with the interest of public by and large and thus your intervention will be helpful in protection of law as well as in establishing and maintaining our faith in constitution and its values.

We are talking about Irom Sharmila, a lady who is domicile of Manipur and who is observing a hunger protest since last 11 years (since the year 2000). The objective is to register the grievance against human rights violations in Manipur and the demand is to repeal the AFSPA (Armed forces special power act).

The lady has every right to register and to protest as she is associated with the people of Manipur who faced the ill effects of this draconian law. However, through this letter, we would like to make it clear that like in every other such protests, government always try to come with solution including visits, negotiation, reviews, public debates and hearings, referendum etc; however in this case/demand, no such steps have been taken from the side of government yet.

It has also to be noted that some human rights activists have submitted petitions before NHRC (National Human Rights Commission) , but NHRC disposed off almost all such petitions and replies that the matter is political.

We, the citizens of India, who understand the issue, may be divided in two parts , one is the indians who support AFSPA, another is the indians who oppose AFSPA. But still, both of these categories supports Irom Sharmila on democratic and humanitarian grounds and criticize government/ courts/ NHRC because no concrete steps have been taken by such responsible agencies/institutions.

I believe that the ongoing fast of Irom Sharmila is the symbol of her faith in democratic values and non violence. The fact that the Government has not taken any positive steps also hurts us and our faith in democracy.

We would like to bring to your kind attention these facts:

· She is a human rights activist and has been fighting not for the cause of one individual or herself, but for the society as a whole . The charge of “ attempt to suicide ” is disgraceful. · She is charged under “ attempt to suicide ” and facing ‘arrest’ for this attempt. Every time she move to court and repeat her statement for not to break her fast and her arrest extended. Is it right to provide order of ‘arrest’ for the same charge repeatedly?

· Sharmila’s fight is based on non violence. She talks about peace, love and non violence in her each message. But the Government has ignored her. In these 11 years, no parliamentary delegation or all-party representative group was ever sent to Manipur. There hasn’t even been any continuous approach of communication.

· NHRC has also not arranged any official visit of members of this institution to meet Irom Sharmila and people of Manipur.

· The meeting procedure is also very difficult. It is, unlike, as in all other cases of suicide attempt or as in case of an ordinary prisoner. She has been charged under the attempt to suicide but doesn’t forced solitary confinement increase the chances of suicide?

· She is not allowed to meet the public . When other prisoners charged with the same or more serious charge are allowed, then why not her? It violates the Right to equality before law. is it not violating Article 19 under which she has right to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, move freely.

· The suppression of a non-violent voice may discourage people from using this method of protest and will encourage violent ways.

· It has been seen that government has a practice to make efforts for negotiation and to take action and to initiate a process when any such fast has been organized in New Delhi in past, however government has not approached to Irom in spite of her 11 years long fast. Is it not the violation of right where it is told that  ‘The state shall not discriminate against any citizen on the basis of caste, religion, race , place of birth etc’

· Many national/international agencies, eminent persons like Nobel peace prize winners, Padma awardees, Magsaysay awardees, many social activists and intellectuals and general public have been raising this issue. In view of this suppression by the Government, and the necessity to protect the values of humanity and democracy, I request here to you (Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India) for protection of human rights.

The issue has not only appealed to the general public but has become known on an international scale as well. I request you

· To issue notice to the Government of India on the issue

· To constitute a committee of retired/sitting judge, human rights activists, parliamentrians          to submit reports on this issue and review condition

· To make Irom Sharmila free

· To advise NHRC to arrange an official visit of members of NHRC at Manipur to meet Irom        Sharmila

We hope that our faith in this institution will be maintained by the actions of the institution in favor of protection of human rights in this case.

 

Your’s sincerely,

Nagaraja.M.R.

 

 

Editorial : Enact  JANLOKPAL – An Appeal  to  Honourable  Prime Minister of India , GOI
We have suffered enough due to corruption. We are deeply hurt and disappointed with any lack of a real and meaningful solution from you and your government. The  Parliament session meant for  passing Lokpal Bill  was wasted by Unparliamentary behaviour of some MPs.

We want change, and we want accountability and we cannot wait any longer to have this! We will not vote for you if an effective anti-corruption bill is not enacted. Not the farce Lokpal Bill proposed by your government, but the peoples “Jan Lokpal Bill” which is more stringent than the  ones  proposed by  GOI & Team Anna. We want strict and effective punishment for the corrupt. They MUST go to jail! Or you Mr. PM, along with your party, will fall from the people’s grace. We assure you, stand by us, and we will stand by you. The opposite will also hold true.

Your government has appointed a GoM to draft the Lokpal Bill. This GoM includes –
Sharad Pawar,Veerapa Moily and Kapil Sibal. Mr. Pawar and Mr. Moily have a past of  allegations  of corruption and mis-deeds that the entire country is  aware of. Mr. Sibal does not feel there was corruption in the 2G scam. Having these people draft the anti-corruption law – is it not an insult to the people of India? How can the corrupt be asked to draft an anti-corruption bill? We urge you to consider the choice put forth by the people – credible names such as Justice Santosh Hegde, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bushan and others, to be part of the committee to draft the Lokpal Bill. Just look at the draft proposed by GOI , it has left out many  public servants and  tax evading  corporate , industrialists (who are the origin  & source of black money corruption)  from lokpal ambit , only good thing is NGOs are included.

Shri Anna Hazare, one of the Greatest Social Reformers India has ever seen has demanded for a Lokpal which has the power to  investigate & prosecute  all public servants from peon to Supreme Court Judges , president of india. We urge you to immediately accept the demands of the people of India represented by the demands of Shri Anna Hazare lest the discontent among the people grows out of control.

The sentiments against rampant corruption in this country are quickly becoming as strong as those that led to the uprising in Tahrir Square. The honest and hardworking people of this country refuse to be innocent bystanders in the wholesale public looting that is taking place as you read this letter. We request your immediate and strong response to this concern of the people as corruption should be the top priority of your government. If the challenge is not met effectively and promptly, it has the potential of undermining every valuable effort made by upright citizens of this country over the last century – including you. It also has the potential of leaving your government with a legacy of shame.

Tahrir square can yet be a reality in India.

We trust you will take immediate steps to give us our solution, and not force us to take the above steps! Jai Hind. Vande Mataram.

Your’s  sincerely ,

Nagaraja.M.R.

 

Jan Lokpal Bill

 

ANNA HAZARE

 

 

The Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen’s ombudsman Bill) is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body that would investigate corruption cases, complete the investigation within a year and envisages trial in the case getting over in the next one year.

Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde (former Supreme Court Judge and former Lokayukta of Karnataka), Prashant Bhushan (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Arvind Kejriwal (RTI activist), the draft Bill envisages a system where a corrupt person found guilty would go to jail within two years of the complaint being made and his ill-gotten wealth being confiscated. It also seeks power to the Jan Lokpal to prosecute politicians and bureaucrats without government permission.

Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi and other known people like Swami Agnivesh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Anna Hazare and Mallika Sarabhai are also part of the movement, called India Against Corruption. Its website describes the movement as “an expression of collective anger of people of India against corruption. We have all come together to force/request/persuade/pressurize the Government to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill. We feel that if this Bill were enacted it would create an effective deterrence against corruption.”

Anna Hazare, anti-corruption crusader, went on a fast-unto-death in April, demanding that this Bill, drafted by the civil society, be adopted. Four days into his fast, the government agreed to set up a joint committee with an equal number of members from the government and civil society side to draft the Lokpal Bill together. The two sides met several times but could not agree on fundamental elements like including the PM under the purview of the Lokpal. Eventually, both sides drafted their own version of the Bill.

The government has introduced its version in Parliament in this session. Team Anna is up in arms and calls the government version the “Joke Pal Bill.” Anna Hazare declared that he would begin another fast in Delhi on August 16. Hours before he was to begin his hunger strike, the Delhi Police detained and later arrested him. There are widespread protests all over the country against his arrest.

The website of the India Against Corruption movement calls the Lokpal Bill of the government an “eyewash” and has on it a critique of that government Bill.

A look at the salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill:

1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3. Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

6. So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

7. But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

8. What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

9. What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

10. It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.
Read more: http://www.annahazare.n.nu/jan-lokpal-bill#ixzz1l1dD1X3m

 

 

 

 

Jan Lokpal Bill will improve existing anti-corruption systems.

 

 

Existing System System Proposed by civil society
No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government. Before starting investigation or initiating prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated. Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
No corrupt officer is dismissed from the jobbecause Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body. Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented. Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
No action is taken against corrupt judgesbecause permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an FIR against corrupt judges. Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints. Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.
There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies. All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public. Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.
Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies. Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut. Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth.A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money. Loss caused to the government due to corruptionwill be recovered from all accused.
Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years. Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

 

 

Salient features of Jan Lokpal Bill

 

• An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

• Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

• Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

• The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

• How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant.

• So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

• But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

• What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

• What will happen to existing anti-corruption agencies? CVC, departmental vigilance and anti-corruption branch of CBI will be merged into Lokpal. Lokpal will have complete powers and machinery to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

• It will be the duty of the Lokpal to provide protection to those who are being victimized for raising their voice against corruption.

Download IAC Draft of Janlokpal Bill 

 

 

Mr.Arvind Kejriwal & Mr.Winston Churchill are Almost RIGHT – Criminals  have entered Indian Parliament                                                           – Legislate  LOKPAL  Bill

 

With whole hearted respects to the parliament & all constitutional bodies , hereby we are appealing to the honest few in public service , honest few in parliament , honest few in judiciary & honest few in police , to legally prosecute their corrupt colleagues , to legislate  “ LOKPAL  BILL”  with  full powers to enforce accountability of  all public servants , MPs , MLAs , Police , etc to  the citizens of india. Contempt of Parliament & other constitutional bodies is being made by some of the Corrupt MPs themselves. Therby these MPs are making contempt of Indian Parliament , 105 crore Indian citizens , Constitution of India  and Obstructing the Indian Citizens from performing their FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES to uphold constituion of india , it’s dignity. These Corrupt Public Servants are doing more damges to India’s National Unity & Integrity  than naxals & terrorists . These Corrupt Public Servants are more deadlier & greater threat to india than Pakistan & China. The honest few in parliament  & other constitutional bodies are either keeping mum or not taking appropriate steps to intiate criminal legal prosecution against their corrupt colleagues , this is aiding those criminals to do more crimes , to go unpunished , to manipulate legal system , to manipulate evidences / records , to get acquitted by courts for lack of evidences , to influence police to withdraw cases against them or to file B reports , etc. In these ways the corrupt public servants will never be  convicted , they will be either stay as accussed or acquitted for lack of evidences or government withdraws cases against them or police file B report.

 

Citizens of india are supreme in democratic republic of india. parliament , MPs , MLAs are creations of citizens and are subservient , subordinate to the citizens of india. Creations cann’t be supreme than the creator.

 

Vohra committee has officially acknowledged the criminalization of politics , parliament , legislatures. The politicians crave for power because , while in power investigating / prosecuting agencies will be under their control / influence and they can manipulate the legal process , WHITE WASHING all their crimes. Just see , recently union home minister Mr.Chidambaram  influencing the delhi police  for closing a cheating case against a builder by forcing the police to file “B” report. Politicians stoop low to such levels , to make money Ex :  irregularities in purchase of coffins meant for kargil martyrs , allotment of  flats meant for war widows , war veterans at Mumbai.

 

 

 

If proper accountability of public servants is legally enacted, independence , autonomy of judiciary & police is  legally enacted , then those in power cann’t WHITE WASH their own crimes. That is the reason many political parties are opposing “LOKPAL BILL” since decades under many pretexts.

 

Subject to conditions , I do offer my services to the government of india & supreme court of india , to legally apprehend  CRIMINALS , CORRUPT  PUBLIC SERVANTS ,  ARE  YOU  READY  ?

 

 

JANLOKPAL  BILL   –   Need  for  Accountability  of  VVIPS

 

While drafting  our constitution of india ,  drafting members  – freedom fighters  themselves  assumed that  in future also the persons who will occupy constituional positions will be sincere  & of  high impeccable  integrity.  However they were proved wrong. Late Prime Minister of Great Britain Mr.Winston Churchill has been proved  right.

 

“Power will go to the hands of rascals, , rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts.  They will fight among themselves for power and will be lost in political squabbles . A day would come when even air & water will be taxed.” Sir Winston made this statement in the House of Commons just before the independence of India & Pakistan.

 

Nowadays  , criminals  have  entered into public service , working as police , magistrates , etc. Criminals have become MPs , MLAs and are also working as Cabinet Ministers .  Criminals  have become judges , some of them have become supreme court judges.

 

End result  CRIMINALS  POLICING  THE  OTHER CRIMINALS , CRIMINALS  DRAFTING  LAWS , CRIMINALS  JUDGING OTHERS.

Even  there are cases of  irregularities  , illegaliteies  by Prime Minister of India and  Irregularities , illegalities committed  by supreme  court of india judges . Example :  JMM MPs bribery case , CWG Scam , 2G Scam , Bofors Scandal , etc  and Bhopal  Gas Tragedy Judgement fixing by  then chief justice of india by way of alteration of  charges ,  financial irregularities , illegal dealings by supreme court judges , etc.

 

In this backdrop , continuing with legal immunity to Prime minister  of india , supreme court judges or any constitutional persons is nothing but blanket clearance to those  VVIPs to commit more crimes , more anti-national acts  wthout the fear of Law  or Legal Prosecution. THIS  LEGAL  IMMUNITY  IS  &  WILL  BE AGAINST  THE BASIC   CONSTITUTIONAL   LETTER   &   SPIRIT OF  EQUALITY  &  EQUITABLE  JUSTICE.

 

Are not  some of the  cabinet  minsiters , so called constitutional experts  , great advocates  aware of this fundamental violation of constitution of india.  Ofcourse , these advocates rightly fight for , take the cases of poor , commonman , they usually take cases of MNCs , Big time criminals , etc.  Let  these constitutional experts  show us a single government hospital without corruption . Let  the  light  of our  constitution  shine  on  our   learned friends in the parliament  belonging to all political parties. Corruption is there in every political party , in the same way there are  very few honest persons in all political parties , judiciary , police & public service.  Why you are afraid of accountability to people , while  you are enjoying 5-star luxurious lifestyles at tax payer’s expense ?

 

If  you are so  sincere  READ ARTICLES / CASE at following web pages  & ANSWER :

Judgements  for  SALE  in  India

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Cross Examination of  Loksabha Speaker & RajyaSabha Dy Chairman

http://sites.google.com/site/eclarionofdalit/cross-examination-of-loksabha-speaker-and-rajyasabha-dy-chairman

Parliamentary Privilege or Cover-up of Crimes

http://sites.google.com/site/eclarionofdalit/parliamentary-privilege-or-coverage-of-crimes

Threats to RTI Applicant & Judgement Fixing

http://sites.google.com/site/eclarionofdalit/threats-to-rti-applicant-judgement-fixing

Honour of Indian Parliament for  SALE

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JANLOKPAL BILL

 

Jan Lokpal Bill version 1.8

 

An act to create effective anti-corruption and grievance redressal systems at centre so that effective

deterrent is created against corruption and to provide effective protection to whistleblowers.

1. Short title and commencement:- (1) This Act may be called the Anti-Corruption, Grievance

Redressal And Whistleblower Protection Act, 2010.

(2) It shall come into force on the one hundred and twentieth day of its enactment.

2. Definitions:- In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-

(1) “Action” means any action taken by a public servant in the discharge of his functions as such public

servant and includes decision, recommendation or finding or in any other manner and includes

willful failure or omission to act and all other expressions relating to such action shall be construed

accordingly;

(2) “Allegation” in relation to a public servant includes any affirmation that such public servant-

(a) has indulged in misconduct, if he is a government servant;

(b) has indulged in corruption

(3) “complaint” includes any grievance or allegation or a request by whistleblower for protection and

appropriate action.

(4) “corruption” includes anything made punishable under Chapter IX of the Indian Penal Code or

under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988;

Provided that if any person obtains any benefit from the government by violating any laws or rules,

that person along with the public servants who directly or indirectly helped that person obtain

those benefits, shall be deemed to have indulged in corruption.

(5) “Government” or “Central Government” means Government of India.

(6) “Government Servant” means any person who is or was any time appointed to a civil service or post

in connection with the affairs of the Central Government or High Courts or Supreme Court either on

deputation or permanent or temporary or on contractual employment but would not include the

judges.

(7) “grievance” means a claim by a person that he sustained injustice or undue hardship in

consequence of mal-administration;

(8) “Lokpal” means

a. Benches constituted under this Act and performing their functions as laid down under

various provisions of this Act; or

b. Any officer or employee, exercising its powers and carrying out its functions and

responsibilities, in the manner and to the extent, assigned to it under this Act, or under

various rules, regulations or orders made under various provisions of this Act.

c. For all other purposes, the Chairperson and members acting collectively as a body;

(9) “Mal-administration” means action taken or purporting to have been taken in the exercise of

administrative function in any case where,-

a. such action or the administrative procedure or practice governing such action is

unreasonable, unjust, oppressive or improperly discriminatory; or

b. there has been willful negligence or undue delay in taking such action or the administrative

procedure or practice governing such action involves undue delay;

(10)“Misconduct” means misconduct as defined in CCS Conduct Rules and which has vigilance angle.

(11)”public authority” means any authority or body or institution of self- government established or

constituted—

a. by or under the Constitution;

b. by any other law made by Parliament;

c. by notification issued or order made by the Government, and includes any body owned,

controlled or substantially financed by the Government;

(12)“Public servant” means a person who is or was at any time,-

(a) the Prime Minister;

(b) a Minister;

(c) a Member of Parliament;

(d) Judges of High Courts and Supreme Court;

(e) a Government servant;

(f) the Chairman or Vice-Chairman (by whatever name called) or a member of a local

authority in the control of the Central Government or a statutory body or corporation

established by or under any law of the Parliament of India, including a co-operative

society, or a Government Company within the meaning of section 617 of the

Companies Act, 1956 and members of any Committee or Board, statutory or nonstatutory,

constituted by the Government;

(g) Such other authorities as the Central Government may, by notification, from time to

time, specify;

(13)“Vigilance angle” includes –

(a) All acts of corruption

(b) Gross or willful negligence; recklessness in decision making; blatant violations of systems and

procedures; exercise of discretion in excess, where no ostensible/public interest is evident;

failure to keep the controlling authority/superiors informed in time

(c) Failure/delay in taking action, if under law the government servant ought to do so, against

subordinates on complaints of corruption or dereliction of duties or abuse of office by the

subordinates

(d) Indulging in discrimination through one’s conduct, directly or indirectly.

(e) Victimizing Whistle Blowers

(f) Any undue/unjustified delay in the disposal of a case, perceived after considering all relevant

factors, would reinforce a conclusion as to the presence of vigilance angle in a case.

(g) Make unfair investigation or enquiry to either unduly help culprits or fabricate the innocent.

(h) Any other matter as notified from time to time by Lokpal

(14)“Whistleblower” is any person who faces threat of (1) professional harm, including but not limited

to illegitimate transfers, denial of promotions, denial of appropriate perks, departmental

proceedings, discrimination or (2) physical harm or (3) is actually subjected to such harm; because

of either making a complaint to Lokpal under this Act or for filing an application under Right to

Information Act.

3. Establishment of the institution of Lokpal and appointment of Lokpal:

(1) There shall be an institution known as Lokpal which shall consist of one Chairperson and ten

members along with its officers and employees. The Lokpal shall be headed by its Chairperson.

(2) The Chairperson and members of Lokpal shall be selected in such manner as laid down in this

Act.

(3) A person appointed as Chairperson or member of Lokpal shall, before entering upon his office,

make and subscribe before the President, an oath or affirmation in the form as prescribed.

(4) The Government shall appoint the Chairperson and members of the first Lokpal and set up the

institution with all its logistics and assets within six months of enactment of this Act.

(5) The Government shall fill up a vacancy of the Chairperson or a member caused due to

a) Retirement, 3 months before the member or the Chairperson retires.

b) Any other unforeseen reason, within a month of such vacancy.

Chairperson and Members of Lokpal

4. The Chairperson and members of Lokpal not to have held certain offices- The Chairperson and

members of Lokpal shall not be serving or former member of either the Parliament or the Legislature of

any State and shall not hold any office or trust of profit (other than the office as Chairperson or

member) or would have ever been connected with any political party or carry on any business or

practice any profession and accordingly, before he enters upon his office, a person appointed as the

Chairperson or member of Lokpal shall-

(i) if he holds any office of trust or profit, resign from such office; or

(ii) if he is carrying on any business, sever his connection with the conduct and

management of such business; or

(iii) if he is practicing any profession, suspend practice of such profession.

(iv) If he is associated directly or indirectly with any other activity, which is likely cause

conflict of interest in the performance of his duties in Lokpal, he should suspend his

association with that activity.

Provided that if even after the suspension, the earlier association of that person with

such activity is likely to adversely affect his performance at Lokpal, that person shall

not be appointed as a member or Chairperson of Lokpal.

5. Term of office and other conditions of service of Lokpal– (1) A person appointed as the Chairperson

or member of Lokpal shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his

office;

Provided further that.-

(a) the Chairperson or member of Lokpal may, by writing under his hand addressed to the

President, resign his office;

(b) the Chairperson or member may be removed from office in the manner provided in

this Act.

(2) There shall be paid to the Chairperson and each member every month a salary equal to that of the

Chief Justice of India and that of the judge of the Supreme Court respectively;

(3) The allowances and pension payable to and other conditions of service of the Chairperson or a

member shall be such as may be prescribed;

Provided that the allowances and pension payable to and other conditions of service of the

Chairperson or members shall not be varied to his disadvantage after his appointment.

(4) The administrative expenses of the office of the Lokpal including all salaries, allowances and pensions

payable to or in respect of persons serving in that office, shall be charged on the Consolidated Fund of

India.

(5) There shall be a separate fund by the name of “Lokpal fund” in which penalties/fines imposed by the

Lokpal shall be deposited and in which 10% of the loss of Public Money detected/prevented on account

of investigations by Lokpal shall also be deposited by the Government. Disposal of such fund shall be

completely at the discretion of the Lokpal and such fund shall be used only for

enhancement/upgradation/extension of the infrastructure of Lokpal.

(6) The Chairperson or members shall not be eligible for appointment on any position in Government of

India or Government of any state or for fighting elections, if he has ever held the position of the

Chairperson or a member for any period.

Provided however that a member or Chairperson may be reappointed for one more term or a member

may be appointed as the Chairperson, however, that any person shall not serve for more than a total of

two terms.

6. Appointment of the Chairperson and members:

1. The Chairperson and members shall be appointed by the President on the recommendation of a

selection committee.

2. Following persons shall not be eligible to become Chairman or Member in Lokpal:

(a) Any person who was ever chargesheeted for any offence under IPC or PC Act or was ever

penalized under CCS Conduct Rules.

(b) Any person who is less than 40 years in age.

3. At least four members of Lokpal shall have legal background.

4. The members and Chairperson should have unimpeachable integrity and should have

demonstrated their resolve and efforts to fight against corruption in the past.

5. A selection committee consisting of the following shall be set up:

a. The Chairpersons of both Houses of Parliament

b. Two senior most judges of Supreme Court

c. Two senior most Chief Justices of High Courts.

d. All Nobel Laureates of Indian Origin

e. Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission

f. Last two Magsaysay Award winners of Indian origin

g. Comptroller and Auditor General of India

h. Chief Election Commissioner

i. Bharat Ratna Award winners

j. After the first set of selection process, the outgoing members and Chairperson of

Lokpal.

6. The seniormost judge of Supreme Court shall act as the Chairperson of the selection committee.

7. The following selection process shall be followed:

a. Recommendations shall be invited through open advertisements in prescribed format.

b. Each person recommending shall be expected to justify the selection of his candidate

giving examples from the past achievements of the candidate.

c. The list of candidates along with their recommendations received in the format

mentioned above shall be displayed on a website.

d. Each member of the selection committee, on the basis of the above material, shall

recommend such number of names as there are vacancies.

e. A priority list shall be prepared with the candidate receiving recommendations from

maximum number of members of selection committee at the top. The candidates

recommended by same number of members shall be treated at par.

f. This priority list shall be displayed on the website.

g. Around three times the names as there are vacancies, shall be shortlisted from the top.

h. Public feedback shall be invited on the shortlisted names by putting these names on the

website.

i. The selection committee may decide to use any means to collect more information

about the background and past achievements of the shortlisted candidates.

j. Selection committee shall invite shortlisted candidates for discussions, video recordings

of which shall be made public.

k. All the material obtained so far about the candidates shall be made available to each

member of the selection committee in advance. The members shall make their own

assessment of each candidate.

l. The selection committee shall meet and discuss the material so received about each

candidate. The final selections for the Chairperson and members shall be made

preferably through consensus.

Provided that if three or more members, for reasons to be recorded in writing, object to

the selection of any member, he shall not be selected.

m. All meetings of selection committee shall be video recorded and shall be made public.

8. The Prime Minister shall recommend the names finalized by the selection committee to the

President immediately, who shall order such appointments within a month of receipt of the

same.

9. If any of the members of the selection committee retires while a selection process is going on,

that member will continue on the selection committee till the end of that process.

7. Removal of Chairperson or members-

(1) The Chairperson or any member shall not be removed from his office except by an order of the

President.

(2) They can be removed on one or more of the following grounds:

a. Proved misbehavior

b. Professional or physical incapacity

c. If he is adjudged to be insolvent

d. Has been charged of an offence which involves moral turpitude

e. If he engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his

office

f. Has acquired such financial interests or other interests which are likely to affect

prejudicially his functions as member or Chairperson.

g. If he is guided by considerations extraneous to the merits of the case either to favor

someone or to implicate someone through any act of omission or commission.

h. If any member or Chairperson tries to or actually unduly influences any government

functionary.

i. If he commits any act of omission or commission which is punishable under Prevention

of Corruption Act or is a misconduct.

j. If a member or the Chairperson in any way, concerned or interested in any contract or

agreement made by or on behalf of the Government of India or participates in any way

in the profit thereof or in any benefit or emolument arising there from otherwise than

as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company, he

shall be deemed to be guilty of misbehavior.

(3) The following process shall be followed for the removal of any member or Chairperson:

(a) Any person may move an application/petition before the Supreme Court seeking removal of

one or more of the members of Chairperson of Lokpal alleging one or more of the grounds for removal

and providing evidence for the same.

(b) Supreme Court will hear the matter by a bench of three or more Judges on receipt of such

petition and may take one or more of the following steps:

(i) order an investigation to be done by a Special Investigation Team appointed by the

Supreme Court if a prima facie case is made out and if the matter cannot be judged based on

affidavits of the parties. The Special Investigation Team shall submit its report within three

months.

(ii) Pending investigations under sub-clause (i) by Special Investigation Team, the

Supreme Court may decide to order withdrawal of part or complete work from that member.

(iii) dismiss the petition if no case is made out

(iv) if the grounds are proved, recommend to the President for removal of the said

member or Chairperson

(v) direct registration and investigation of cases with appropriate agencies if there is

prima facie case of commission of an offence punishable under Prevention of Corruption

Act.

(c) The three judge bench shall be constituted by a panel of five seniormost judges of the

Supreme Court.

Provided that if there are any proceedings going on against any judge in Lokpal, he shall not

be a part of either the panel or the bench.

(d) The Supreme Court shall not dismiss such petitions in liminae.

(e) If the Supreme Court concludes that the petition has been made with mischievous or

malafide motives, the Court may order imposition of fine or imprisonment upto one year

against the complainant.

(f) On receipt of a recommendation from the Supreme Court under this section, the Prime

Minister shall recommend it to the President immediately and the President shall order

removal of said members within a month of receipt of the same.

Powers and Functions of Lokpal

8. Functions of Lokpal: (1) Lokpal shall be responsible for receiving:

(a) Complaints where there are allegations of such acts of omission or commission which are

punishable under Prevention of Corruption Act

(b) Complaints where there are allegations of misconduct by a government servant

(c) Grievances

(d) Complaints from whistleblowers

(2) Lokpal, after getting such enquiries and investigations done as it deems fit, may take one or more of

the following actions:

a. Close the case if prima facie, the complaint is not made out or

b. Initiate prosecution against public servants as well as those private entities which

are party to the act

c. Order imposition of appropriate penalties under CCS Conduct Rules

Provided that if an officer is finally convicted under Prevention of Corruption

Act, major penalty of dismissal shall be imposed on such government servant.

d. Order cancellation or modification of a license or lease or permission or contract or

agreement, which was the subject matter of investigation.

e. Blacklist the concerned firm or company or contractor or any other entity involved

in that act of corruption.

f. Issue appropriate directions to appropriate authorities for redressal of grievance in

such time and in such manner as is specified in the order.

g. Invoke its powers under this Act if its orders are not duly complied with and ensure

due compliance of its orders.

h. Take necessary action to provide protection to a whistleblower as per various

provisions of this Act.

(3) Suo moto initiate appropriate action under this Act if any case, of the nature mentioned in clauses

(1), (2), (3) or (4), comes to the knowledge of the Lokpal from any source.

(4) Issue such directions, as are necessary, from time to time, to appropriate authorities so as to make

such changes in their work practices, administration or other systems so as to reduce the scope and

possibility for corruption, misconduct and public grievances.

(5) Lokpal shall be deemed to be “Disciplinary authority” or “appointing authority” for the purpose of

imposing penalties under CCS Conduct Rules.

(6) Section 19 of Prevention of Corruption Act shall be deleted.

(7) Section 197 of CrPC shall not apply to any proceedings under this Act. All permissions, which need to

be sought for initiating investigations or for initiating prosecutions under any Act shall be deemed to

have been granted once Lokpal grants such permissions.

9. Issue of Search Warrant, etc.- (1) Where, in consequence of information in his possession, the Lokpal

(a) has reason to believe that any person. –

(i) to whom a summon or notice under this Act, has, been or might be issued,

will not or would not produce or cause to be produced any property, document

or thing which will be necessary or useful for or relevant to any inquiry or other

proceeding to be conducted by him;

(ii) is in possession of any money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or

thing and such money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or thing

represents either wholly or partly income or property which has not been

disclosed to the authorities for the purpose of any law or rule in force which

requires such disclosure to be made; or

(b) considers that the purposes of any inquiry or other proceedings to be conducted by him will

be served by a general search or inspection,

he may by a search warrant authorize any Police officer not below the rank of an Inspector of Police to

conduct a search or carry out an inspection in accordance therewith and in particular to, –

(i) enter and search any building or place where he has reason to suspect that such property,

document, money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or thing is kept;

(ii) search any person who is reasonably suspected of concealing about his person any article

for which search should be made;

(iii) break open the lock of any door, box, locker safe, almirah or other receptacle for

exercising the powers conferred by sub-clause (i) where the keys thereof are not available.

Seize any such property, document, money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or thing

found as a result of such search;

(iv) place marks of identification on any property or document or make or cause to be made;

extracts or copies therefrom; or

(v) make a note or an inventory of any such property, document, money, bullion, Jewellery or

other valuable article or thing.

(2) The provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, relating to search and seizure shall apply, so

far as may be, to searches and seizures under sub-section (1).

(3) A warrant issued under sub-section (1) shall for all purposes, be deemed to be a warrant issued by a

court under section 93 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973.

10. Evidence – (1) Subject to the provisions of this section, for the purpose of any investigation (including

the preliminary inquiry, if any, before such investigation) under this Act, the Lokpal may require any

public servant or any other person who, in his opinion is able to furnish information or produce

documents relevant to the investigation, to furnish any such information or produce any such

document.

(2) For the purpose of any such investigation (including the preliminary inquiry) the Lokpal shall

have all the powers of a civil court while trying a suit under the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908 , in respect

of the following matters, namely:-

(a) Summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person and examining him on oath;

(b) Requiring the discovery and production of any document;

(c) Receiving evidence on affidavits;

(d) Requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court or office ;

(e) Issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses or documents ;

(f) ordering payment of compensatory cost in respect of a false or vexatious claim or

defence;

(g) ordering cost for causing delay;

(h) Such other matters as may be prescribed.

(3) Any proceeding before the Lokpal shall be deemed to be a judicial proceeding with in the

meaning of section 193 of the Indian Penal Code.

11. Reports of Lokpal, etc. (1) The Chairperson of Lokpal shall present annually a consolidated report in

prescribed format on its performance to the President.

(2) On receipt of the annual report, the President shall cause a copy thereof together with an

explanatory memorandum to be laid before each House of the Parliament.

(3) The Lokpal shall publish every month on its website the list of cases disposed with brief details of

each such case, outcome and action taken or proposed to be taken in that case. It shall also publish lists

of all cases received by the Lokpal during the previous month, cases disposed and cases which are

pending.

12. Lokpal to be a deemed police officer: (1) For the purposes of section 36 of Criminal Procedure Code,

the Chairperson, members of Lokpal and the officers in investigation wing of Lokpal shall be deemed to

be police officers.

(2) While investigating any offence under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, they shall be competent to

investigate any offence under any other law in the same case.

13. Powers in case of non-compliance of orders: (1) Each order of Lokpal shall clearly specify the names

of the officials who are required to execute that order, the manner in which it should be executed and

the time period within which that order should be complied with.

(2) If the order is not complied with within the time or in the manner directed, Lokpal may decide to

impose a fine on the officials responsible for the non-compliance of its orders.

(3) The Drawing and Disbursing Officer of that Department shall be directed to deduct such amount of

fine as is clearly specified by the Lokpal in its order made in sub-section (2) from the salaries of the

officers specified in the order.

Provided that no penalty shall be imposed without giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

Provided that if the Drawing and Disbursing Officer fails to deduct the salary as specified in the said

order, he shall make himself liable for a similar penalty.

(4) In order to get its orders complied with, the Lokpal shall have, and exercise the same jurisdiction

powers and authority in respect of contempt of itself as a High court has and may exercise, and,

for this purpose, the provisions of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 (Central Act 70 of 1971)

shall have the effect subject to the modification that the references therein to the High Court

shall be construed as including a reference to the Lokpal.

13A. Special Judges under section 4 of Prevention of Corruption Act: On an annual basis, Lokpal shall

make an assessment of the number of Special Judges required under section 4 of Prevention of

Corruption Act 1988 in each area and the Government shall appoint such number of Judges within three

months of receipt of such recommendation.

Provided that Lokpal shall recommend such number of Special Judges so that trial in each case under

this Act is completed within a year.

13B. Issue of Letter Rogatory: A bench of Lokpal shall have powers to issue Letters Rogatory in any case

pending with Lokpal.

Functioning of Lokpal

14. Functioning of Lokpal: (1) The Chairperson shall be responsible for overall administration and

supervision of the institution of Lokpal.

(2) All policy level decisions including formulation of regulations, developing internal systems for the

functioning of Lokpal, assigning functions to various officials in Lokpal, delegation of powers to various

functionaries in Lokpal etc shall be taken by the Chairperson and the members collectively as a body.

(3) The Chairperson shall have an annual meeting with the Prime Minister to assess the needs of Lokpal

for finances and manpower. Lokpal shall be provided resources by the Government on the basis of

outcome of this meeting.

(4) Lokpal shall function in benches of three or more members. Benches shall be constituted randomly

and cases shall be assigned to them randomly by computer. Each bench shall consist of at least one

member with legal background.

(5) Such benches shall be responsible for

(i) granting permission to close any case after a preliminary enquiry

(ii) granting permission to either close a case after investigations or issuing orders imposing

penalties under CCS Conduct Rules and/or for initiating prosecution in that case.

(iii) Issuing orders under section 28 and section 13B.

(6) Lokpal may decide to initiate investigations into any case suo moto also.

(7) The decision to initiate investigation or prosecution against any member of the Cabinet or any judge

of High Court or Supreme Court shall be taken in a meeting of all the existing members and the

Chairperson. Minutes and records of such meetings shall be made public.

15. Making a complaint to the Lokpal: (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, any person may make a

complaint under this Act to the Lokpal.

Provided that in case of a grievance, if the person aggrieved is dead or for any reason, unable to

act for himself, the complaint may be made or if it is already made may be continued by his legal

representatives or by any other person who is authorized by him in writing in this behalf.

(2) A complaint could be on a plain paper but should contain all such details as prescribed by Lokpal.

(3) On receipt of a complaint, the Lokpal shall decide whether it is an allegation or a grievance or a

request for whistleblower protection or a mixture of two or more of these.

(4) Every complaint shall have to be compulsorily disposed off by the Lokpal.

Provided that no complaint, other than those which are anonymous or pseudonymous, shall be closed

without hearing the complainant.

16. Matters which may be investigated by the Lokpal– Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Lokpal

may investigate any action which is taken by or with the general or specific approval of a public servant

where a complaint involving a grievance or an allegation is made in respect of such action.

Provided that the Lokpal may also investigate such action suo moto or if it is referred to it by the

government, if such action can be or could have been in his recorded opinion, subject of a grievance or

an allegation.

17. Matters not subject to investigation:- (1) The Lokpal shall not conduct any investigation under this

Act in case of a grievance in respect of any action-

(i) if the complainant has or had, any remedy by way of appeal, revision, review or any other

remedy before any other authority provided in any other law and he has not availed of the

same.

(ii) Taken by a judicial or quasi-judicial body, unless the complainant alleges malafides

(iii) If the substance of the entire grievance is pending before any court or quasi-judicial body

of competent jurisdiction.

(iv) any grievance where there is inordinate and inexplicable delay.

(2) Nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorising the Lokpal to investigate any action which is

taken by or with the approval of the Presiding Officer of either House of Parliament.

(3) The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to the provisions of any other enactment or any rule or

law under which any remedy by way of appeal, revision, review or in any other manner is available to a

person making a complaint under this Act in respect of any action and nothing in this Act shall limit or

affect the right of such person to avail of such remedy.

(4) Nothing in this section shall bar Lokpal from entertaining a complaint making an allegation of

misconduct or corruption or a complaint from a whistleblower seeking protection.

18. Provisions relating to complaints and investigations-

(i) (a) The Lokpal, on receipt of a complaint in the nature of an allegation or a grievance or a

combination of the two, or in a case initiated on his own motion, may on perusing the

documents, either decide to proceed to enquire or investigate into that complaint or decide,

to make such preliminary inquiry before proceeding to enquire or investigate into such

complaint or direct any other person to make such preliminary inquiry as it deems fit for

ascertaining whether there exists reasonable ground for conducting the investigation. The

outcome of such preliminary enquiry, and if the complaint is being closed along with

reasons for the same and all material collected during preliminary enquiry, shall be

communicated to the complainant.

Provided that if any case is closed, all documents related thereto shall thereafter be

treated as public. Every month, a list of all such cases shall be put on the website with

reasons for closing a case. All material connected with such closed cases will be provided to

anyone seeking it under Right to Information Act.

Provided further that if the complaint contains verifiable and specific information about

misconduct or corruption, then that case shall not be rejected even if the complaint is

anonymous.

Provided further that no complaint of allegation shall be rejected by questioning the

motives or intention of the complainant.

Provided further that all hearings before Lokpal shall be video recorded and shall be

available to any member of the public on payment of copying costs.

(b) The procedure for preliminary enquiry of a complaint shall be such as the Lokpal deems

appropriate in the circumstances of the case and in particular, the Lokpal may, if it deems

necessary to do so, call for the comments of the public servant concerned.

Provided that the preliminary enquiry should be completed and a decision taken whether

to close a case or to proceed with investigations within one month of receipt of any

complaint.

(ii) Where the Lokpal proposes, either directly or after making preliminary inquiry, to conduct

any investigation under this Act, he.-

(a) may make such order as to the safe custody of documents relevant to the

investigation, as it deems fit.

(b) at appropriate stage of investigations or in the end, it shall forward a copy of the

complaint, its findings and copy of the material relied upon to the concerned public

servant and the complainant,

(c) shall afford to such public servant and the complainant an opportunity to offer

comments and be heard.

Provided that such hearing shall be held in public, except in such rare circumstances, to

be recorded in writing, will it be held in camera.

(iii) The conduct of an investigation under this Act against a Public servant in respect of any

action shall not affect such action, or any power or duty of any other public servant to take

further action with respect to any matter subject to the investigation.

(iv) If, during the course of preliminary inquiry or investigation under this Act, the Lokpal is

prima facie satisfied that the allegation or grievance in respect of any action is likely to be

sustained either wholly or partly, he may, through an interim order, direct the public servant

concerned to stay the implementation or enforcement of the decision or action complained

against, or to take such mandatory or preventive action, on such terms and conditions, as he

may specify in his order to prevent further harm from taking place.

(v) The Lokpal, either during the course of investigations, if it is satisfied that prosecution is

likely to be initiated in that case, or at the end of the investigations at the time of initiating

prosecution, shall make a list of moveable and immoveable assets of all the accused in that

case and shall notify the same. No transfer of the same shall be permitted after such

notification. In the event of final conviction, the court shall be empowered to recover loss

determined under section 19 of this Act from this property, in addition to other measures.

(vi) If during the course of investigation or enquiry into a complaint, Lokpal feels that

continuance of a public servant in that position could adversely affect the course of

investigations or enquiry or that the said person is likely to impact evidence or witnesses,

the Lokpal may issue appropriate orders including transfer of that public servant from that

position or his suspension.

Provided that such orders shall not be passed against the Prime Minister.

(vii) In case of a grievance, the Lokpal may issue interim orders to the appropriate authority

recommending grant of interim relief to the complainant if he is satisfied at any stage of

preliminary inquiry on investigation that the complainant has sustained injustice or undue

hardship in consequence of any decision or action of a public servant.

(viii) The Lokpal may, at any stage of inquiry or investigation under this Act, direct through an

interim order, appropriate authorities to take such action as is necessary, including

suspension of a government servant, pending inquiry or investigation.-

(i) to safeguard wastage or damage of public property or public revenue by the

administrative acts of the public servant;

(ii) to prevent further acts of misconduct by the public servant;

(iii) to prevent the public servant from secreting the assets allegedly acquired by him by

corrupt means;

(ix) Where after investigation into a complaint, the Lokpal is satisfied that the complaint

involving an allegation against the public servant is substantiated and that the public servant

concerned should not continue to hold the post held by him, the Lokpal shall pass orders to

that effect. In case of public servant being a Minister, Lokpal shall make such

recommendation to the President, who shall decide either to accept such recommendation

or reject it within a month of its receipt.

Provided that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the Prime Minister.

(x) If, after enquiry into a grievance and after affording reasonable opportunity of being heard

to both the complainant and the public authority, the Lokpal is satisfied that such grievance

is substantiated either wholly or partly, he shall,

i. Pass appropriate orders directing appropriate authorities to redress the grievance

in a manner and within the time prescribed in the order, and

ii. Direct the appropriate authorities to deduct from the salary of the officials

mentioned in the order, such penalty amounts as are directed by Lokpal , which

shall not be less than Rs 250 per day of delay calculated from day the time limit

mentioned in citizens’ charter for redressing that grievance got over, and

iii. Direct the appropriate authorities to compensate the complainant with such

amounts as mentioned in the order.

Provided that any grievance shall be disposed within 15 days of its receipt.

Provided further that if it relates to life and liberty of a person or if the matter is such as to

warrant immediate attention and the Lokpal is so satisfied, the same shall be disposed

within 48 hours.

(xi) All records and information of Lokpal shall be public and shall be provided under Right to

Information Act, even at the stage of investigation or enquiry, unless release of such

information would adversely affect the process of enquiry or investigation.

Provided that no information in any case shall be withheld under Right to Information

Act after the completion of enquiry or investigation.

Recovery of Loss to the Government and punishments

19. Recovery of loss to the Government: If a person is convicted of an offence under Prevention of

Corruption Act, then the trial court will also quantify the loss caused to the government and apportion

that amount to various convicts from whom this money must be recovered as arrears of land revenue.

19A. Punishments for offences: For offences mentioned in Chapter III of Prevention of Corruption Act,

punishment shall not be less than five years which may extend upto life imprisonment.

Provided that if the accused is any officer of the rank of Joint Secretary in the state or above or a

Minister, the punishment shall not be less than ten years.

Provided further that if the offence is of the nature mentioned in proviso to section 2(4) of this Act and if

the beneficiary is any corporate house, in addition to other punishments mentioned in this Act and

under Prevention of Corruption Act, a fine amounting to five times the loss caused to the government

shall be recovered from the accused and the recovery may be done from the assets of the company and

from the personal assets of all Directors of the company, if the assets of the accused are inadequate.

Whistleblower protection

20. Protection of Whistleblower: (1) A whistleblower may write to Lokpal seeking protection from

threat of physical or professional victimization or if he has been subjected to such professional or

physical victimization.

(2) On receiving such a complaint, Lokpal shall take following steps:

(a) Threat of professional victimization: Lokpal shall conduct appropriate enquiries and if it feels

that there is a real threat to the person and the threat is on account of that person having made

an allegation under this Act, then the Lokpal shall pass appropriate orders, as soon as possible

but in not more than a month of receipt of such complaint, directing appropriate authorities to

take such steps as directed by the Lokpal.

(b) If a person complains that he has already been victimized professionally on account of

making an allegation under this Act, Lokpal shall, after conducting enquiries, if he is of the

opinion that the victimization is indeed because of that person’s having made an allegation

under this Act, pass appropriate orders, as soon as possible but in not more than a month,

directing appropriate authorities to take such steps as directed by the Lokpal.

Provided that for clause (a) Lokpal may, but for clause (b) the Lokpal shall, also issue

orders imposing penalties under CCS Conduct Rules against the officer or officials who issued

threats or caused victimization.

Provided further that no such penalties shall be imposed without giving an opportunity

of being heard to the affected officials.

(c) Threat of physical victimization: Lokpal shall conduct appropriate enquiries and if it feels that

there is a real threat to the person and the threat is on account of that person having made an

allegation under this Act or for having filed an RTI application to any public authority covered

under this Act, then notwithstanding anything contained in any other law, the Lokpal shall pass

appropriate orders, as soon as possible but in not more than a week, directing appropriate

authorities, including police, to take such steps as directed by the Lokpal to provide adequate

security to that person, to register criminal cases against those who are issuing threats and also

to take all such steps necessary to mitigate circumstances leading to such threat.

Provided that if the threat is imminent, Lokpal may decide to act immediately, within a

few hours to prevent physical assault on that person.

(d) If a person complains that he has already been physically assaulted on account of making an

allegation under this Act and if Lokpal is satisfied after conducting enquiries that the person has

been assaulted because of his having made an allegation under this Act or for filing an RTI

application in any of the public authorities covered under this Act, then notwithstanding

anything else contained in any other law, the Lokpal shall pass such orders, as soon as possible

but in not more than 24 hours, directing the concerned authorities to take such steps as

directed by the Lokpal to provide adequate security to that person, to register criminal cases

and also to ensure that no further harm visits on that person.

(e) If the whistleblower has alleged an act punishable under Prevention of Corruption Act, then

for cases under clause (c), Lokpal may and for cases under clause (d), the Lokpal shall, assign the

allegations made by that person to a special team, put it on a fast track and complete

investigations in that case in not more than a month.

(f) If the whistleblower has alleged an act punishable under any law other than the Prevention

of Corruption Act, then for cases under clause (c), Lokpal may and for cases under clause (d), the

Lokpal shall, direct the agency which has the powers to enforce that law to assign the

allegations made by the whistleblower to a special team, put it on a fast track and complete

investigations in that case in such time as directed by the Lokpal.

(g) Lokpal shall have the powers to issue directions to appropriate agencies in the cases covered

under clause (f), monitor such investigations and if necessary, issue directions to that agency to

do the investigations in the manner as directed by the Lokpal.

(3) If any complainant requests that his identity should be kept secret, Lokpal shall ensure the same.

Lokpal shall prescribe detailed procedures on how such complainants shall be dealt with.

(4) Lokpal shall Issue orders to the Public Authorities to make necessary changes in their policies and

practices to prevent recurrence of victimization.

Grievance Redressal Systems

21. Citizens’ Charters: (1) Each public authority shall be responsible for ensuring the preparation and

implementation of Citizens Charter, within a reasonable time, and not exceeding one year from the

coming into force of this Act.

(2) Every Citizens Charter shall enumerate the commitments of the respective public authority to the

citizens, officer responsible for meeting each such commitment and the time limit with in which the

commitment shall be met.

(3) Each public authority shall designate an official called Public Grievance Redressal Officer, whom a

complainant should approach for any violation of the Citizens Charter.

(4) Every public authority shall review and revise its Citizens Charter at least once every year through a

process of public consultation.

(5) Lokpal may direct any public authority to make such changes in their citizens’ charter as are

mentioned in that order.

(6) No grievance shall be accepted by Lokpal if 15 days have not elapsed after submission of complaint

by the complainant with the Public Grievance redressal Officer of that Public Authority.

Provided that if Lokpal feels that considering the gravity or urgency of the grievance, it is

necessary to do so, the Lokpal may decide to accept such grievance earlier also.

Employees and staff and authorities in Lokpal

22. Chief Vigilance Officer: (1) There shall be a Chief Vigilance Officer in each public authority to be

selected and appointed by Lokpal.

(2) He shall not be from the same public authority.

(3) He shall be a person of impeccable integrity and ability to take proactive measures against

corruption.

(4) He shall be responsible for accepting complaints against any public authority and shall transfer the

complaints related to other public authorities within two days of receipt.

(5) He shall be responsible for carrying out all such responsibilities as assigned to him from time to time

by Lokpal including dealing with complaints in the manner as laid down by Lokpal from time to time.

Provided that the complaints which require investigations under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 shall

be transferred to the Investigative wing of Lokpal.

Provided further that the complaints, other than grievances, against officers of the level of Joint

Secretary or above shall not be dealt by the Chief Vigilance Officer and shall be transferred to the

Lokpal, who shall set up a committee of Chief Vigilance Officers of three other public authorities to

enquire into such complaint.

(6) All the grievances shall be received and disposed by Chief Vigilance Officer on behalf of Lokpal, if the

citizen fails to get satisfactory redressal from Public Grievance Officer under section 21 of this Act.

23. Staff of Lokpal, etc.- (1) There shall be such officers and employees as may be prescribed to assist

the Lokpal in the discharge of their functions under this Act.

(2) The number and categories of officers and employees shall be decided by the Lokpal in

consultation with the government.

(3) The categories, recruitment and conditions of service of the officers and employees referred

in sub-section (1) including such special conditions or special pay as may be necessary for enabling them

to act without fear in the discharge of their functions, shall be such as may be prescribed according to

the recommendations of Lokpal.

Provided that no official, whose integrity is in doubt, shall be considered for being posted in

Lokpal.

Provided further that all officers and employees, who work in Lokpal on deputation or otherwise

shall be eligible for the same terms and conditions as prescribed under this clause.

(4) Without prejudice to the provisions of sub-section (1), the Lokpal may for the purpose of

conducting investigations under this Act utilize the services of.-

(a) any officer or investigating agency of the Central Government; or

(b) any officer or investigating agency of any other Government with the prior

concurrence of that Government; or

(c) any person or any other agency.

(5) The officers and other employees referred to in sub-section (1) shall be under the

administrative and disciplinary control of the Lokpal:

(6) Lokpal shall have the powers to choose its own officials. Lokpal may enlist officials on

deputation from other government agencies for a fixed tenure or it may enlist officials on permanent

basis from other government agencies or it may appoint people from outside on permanent basis or on

a fixed tenure basis.

(7) The staff and officers shall be entitled to such pay scales and other allowances, which may be

different and more than the ordinary pay scales in the Central Government, as are decided by the Lokpal

from time to time, in consultation with the Prime Minister, so as to attract honest and efficient people

to work in Lokpal.

24. Repeal and savings – (1) The Central Vigilance Commission Act shall stand repealed.

(2) Notwithstanding such repeal, any act or thing done under the said Act shall be deemed to have been

done under this Act and may be continued and completed under the corresponding provisions of this

Act.

(3) All enquiries and investigations and other disciplinary proceedings pending before the Central

Vigilance Commission and which have not been disposed of, shall stand transferred to and be continued

by the Lokpal as if they were commenced before him under this Act.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in any Act, the posts of the Secretary and other Officers and

Employees of the Central Vigilance Commission are hereby abolished and they are hereby appointed as

the Secretary and other officers and employees of the Lokpal. The salaries, allowances and other terms

and conditions of services of the said Secretary, officers and other employees shall, until they are varied,

be the same as to which they were entitled to immediately before the commencement of this Act.

(5) All vigilance administration under the control of all Departments of Central Government, Ministries

of the Central Government, corporations established by or under any Central Act, Government

companies, societies and local authorities owned or controlled by the Central Government shall stand

transferred, alongwith its personnel, assets and liabilities to Lokpal for all purposes.

(6) The personnel working in vigilance wings of the agencies mentioned in sub-section (5) shall be

deemed to be on deputation to Lokpal for a period of five years from the date they are transferred to

Lokpal. However, Lokpal may decide to repatriate any one of them anytime.

(7) That Department from where any personnel have been transferred to Lokpal under sub-section (5),

shall cease to have any control over the administration and functions of transferred personnel.

(8) Lokpal shall rotate the personnel and create vigilance wing of each department in such a way that no

personnel from the same department get posted for vigilance functions in the same department.

(9) No person shall be employed with Lokpal against whom any vigilance enquiry or any criminal case is

pending at the time of being considered.

25. Investigation Wing of Lokpal: (1) There shall be an investigation wing at Lokpal.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in section 17 of Prevention of Corruption Act, such officers of

Investigation wing, upto the level as decided by Lokpal, shall have, in relation to the investigation and

arrest of persons throughout India, in connection with investigation of complaints under this Act, all the

powers, duties, privileges and liabilities which members of Delhi Special Police Establishment have in

connection with the investigation of offences committed therein.

(3) That part of Delhi Special Police Establishment, in so far as it relates to investigation and prosecution

of offences alleged to have been committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, shall stand

transferred, alongwith its employees, assets and liabilities to Lokpal for all purposes.

(4) That part of Delhi Special Police Establishment, which has been transferred under sub-section (3),

shall form part of Investigation Wing of Lokpal.

(5) The Central Government shall cease to have any control over the transferred part and its personnel.

(6) The salaries, allowances and other terms and conditions of services of the personnel transferred

under sub-section (3) shall be the same as to which they were entitled to immediately before the

commencement of this Act.

(7) All cases which were being dealt by that part of Delhi Special Police Establishment, which has been

transferred under sub-section (3), shall stand transferred to Lokpal.

(8) After completion of investigation in any case, the investigation wing shall present the case to an

appropriate bench of Lokpal, which shall decide whether to grant permission for prosecution or not.

26. Complaints against officers or employees of Lokpal: (1) Complaints against employees or officers of

Lokpal shall be dealt with separately and as per provisions of this section.

(2) Such complaint could relate to an allegation of an offence punishable under Prevention of Corruption

Act or a misconduct or a dishonest enquiry or investigation.

(3) As soon as such a complaint is received, the same shall be displayed on the website of Lokpal,

alongwith the contents of the complaint.

(4) Investigations into each such complaint shall be completed within a month of its receipt.

(5) In addition to examining the allegations against the said official, the allegations shall especially be

examined against sections 107, 166, 167, 177, 182, 191, 192, 196, 199, 200, 201, 202, 204, 217, 218,

219, 463, 464, 468, 469, 470, 471, 474 of Indian Penal Code.

(6) If, during the course of investigations, the Lokpal feels that the charges are likely to be sustained, the

Lokpal shall divest such officer of all his responsibilities and powers and shall place him under

suspension.

(7) If after completion of enquiry or investigations, Lokpal decides to prosecute that person under

Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 or holds him guilty of any misconduct or of conducting dishonest

enquiry or investigations, then that person shall not work with Lokpal anymore. Lokpal shall either

dismiss that person from the job, if that person is in the employment of Lokpal, or shall repatriate him, if

he is on deputation.

Provided that no order under this clause shall be passed without giving reasonable opportunity of being

heard to the accused person.

Provided further that order under this clause shall be passed within 15 days of completion of

investigations.

(8) There shall be a separate wing in Lokpal to deal with complaints against officers or staff of Lokpal.

(9) Lokpal shall take all steps to ensure that all enquiries and investigations on complaints against its

own staff and officials are conducted in most transparent and honest manner.

27. Protection- (1) No suit, prosecution, or other legal proceedings shall lie against the Chairperson or

members or against any officer, employee, agency or person referred to in Section 14(4) in respect of

anything which is in good faith done while acting or purporting to act in the discharge of his official

duties under this Act.

(2) No proceedings of the Lokpal shall be held to be bad for want of form and except on the ground of

jurisdiction, no proceedings or decision of the Lokpal shall be liable to be challenged, reviewed, quashed

or called in question in any court of ordinary Civil Jurisdiction.

Miscellaneous

28. Public Servants to submit property statements-

(1) Every public servant, other than those mentioned in Section 2(11)(a) to (c), shall within three months

after the commencement of this Act and thereafter before the 30th June of every year submit to the

head of that public authority, in the form prescribed by Lokpal, a statement of his assets and liabilities

and those of the members of his family. Public servants mentioned in sections 2(11)(a) to (c) shall

submit their returns in a format prescribed by the Lokpal to the Lokpal with the aforesaid time lines.

(2) The Head of each public authority shall ensure that all such statements are put on the website by 31st

August of that year.

(3) If no such statement is received by the Head of that public authority from any such public servant

within the time specified in sub-section (1), the Head of that public authority shall direct the concerned

public servant to do so immediately. If within next one month, the public servant concerned does not

submit such statement, the Head shall stop the salary and allowances of that public servant till he

submits such statement.

Explanation- In this section “family of a public servant” means the spouse and such children and

parents of the public servant as are dependent on him.

(4) The Lokpal may initiate prosecution against such public servant under Section 176 IPC.

(5) If any public servant furnishes any statement, which is subsequently found to be incorrect, then

Lokpal, in addition to taking action against the said public servant under other sections of this Act, may

also impose a penalty upto a maximum of 50% of the value of the additional property subsequently

detected. Lokpal shall also intimate such information to the Income Tax Department for appropriate

action.

29. Power to delegate and assign functions: (1) Lokpal shall be competent to delegate its powers and

assign functions to the officials working in Lokpal.

(2) All functions carried out and powers exercised by such officials shall be deemed to have been so

done by the Lokpal.

Provided that the following functions shall be performed by the benches and cannot be delegated:

(i) Granting permission to initiate prosecution in any case.

(ii) Order for dismissal of any government servant under CCS Conduct Rules.

(iii) Passing orders under section 10 on complaints against officials and staff of Lokpal.

(iv) Pass orders in cases of complaints, other than grievances, against officers of the level of Joint

Secretary and above.

30. Time limits: (1) Preliminary enquiry under sub-section (1) of section 9 of this Act should be

completed within a month of receipt of complaint.

Provided that the enquiry officer shall be liable for an explanation if the enquiry is not completed within

this time limit.

(2) Investigation into any allegation shall be completed within six months, and in any case, not more

than one year, from the date of receipt of complaint.

(3) Trial in any case filed by Lokpal should be completed within one year. Adjournments should be

granted in rarest circumstances.

31. Penalty for false complaint- (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, if someone makes

any false or frivolous complaint under this Act, Lokpal may impose such fines on that complainant as it

deems fit.

Provided that no fine can be imposed without giving a reasonable opportunity of being heard.

(2) Such fines shall be recoverable as dues under Land Revenue Act.

(3) A complaint or allegation once made under this Act shall not be allowed to be withdrawn.

31A. Preventive measures: (1) Lokpal shall, at regular intervals, either study itself or cause to be studied

the functioning of all public authorities falling within its jurisdiction and in consultation with respective

public authority, issue such directions as it deems fit to prevent incidence of corruption in future.

(2) Lokpal shall also be responsible for creating awareness about this Act and involving general public in

curbing corruption and maladministration.

32. Power to make Rules – (1) The Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, make rules

for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this Act.

Provided that such rules shall be made only in consultation and with the approval of Lokpal.

(2) In particular, and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, such rules may

provide for .-

(i) the allowance and pensions payable to and other conditions of service of the Chairperson and

members of Lokpal;

(ii) the powers of a Civil Court which may be exercised by the Lokpal under clause (h) of sub-section

(2) of section 11;

(iii) the salary, allowances, recruitment and other conditions of service of the staff and employees of

the Lokpal;

(iv) any other matter for which rules have to be made are necessary under this Act.

(3) Any rule made under this Act may be made with retrospective effect and when such a rule is

made the reasons for making the rule shall be specified in a Statement laid before both Houses of the

Parliament.

33. Removal of difficulties- Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, the President, in

consultation with Lokpal or on request of Lokpal may, by order, make such provision –

(i) for bringing the provisions of this Act into effective operation;

(ii) for continuing the enquiries and investigations pending before the Central Vigilance Commission by

the Lokpal.

34. Power to make regulations: Lokpal shall have power to make its own regulations for the smooth

functioning of the institution and to effectively implement various provisions of this Act.

35. This Act shall override the provisions of all other laws

 

 

 

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