CBI, CVC give view on Lokpal amendments to Par panel

New Delhi: CBI and CVC have given their views on the provisions of the Lokpal amendment bill to a parliamentary panel examining it.

E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, head of par panel examining  Lokpal Bill
E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, head of par panel examining Lokpal Bill

“We have got the views from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Central Vigilance Commission (CVC). These are under consideration of the committee,” E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, who is heading a parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal Bill, said.

He said the committee had earlier invited memoranda containing views or suggestions from the individuals and organisations through public advertisement on the proposed changes in the anti-corruption legislation and they are being looked into.

“We are taking up the matter of the bill one by one. We cannot given any timeframe (as to when the panel will be giving its report). But it is a priority for us,” Natchiappan told PTI.

A 31-member Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Natchiappan, is examining the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 8 last year.

The committee has been mandated to examine the bill and submit its report by March 25.

He said the Department of Personnel and Training, nodal authority of the central government for anti-corruption matters, is also providing its input on the proposed changes in the Lokpal Act.

The amendments seeks to provide for the alternative of leader of single largest Opposition party in the Lok Sabha in the event there is no Leader of Opposition in the House, for being represented on the selection panel for appointments of chairperson and members of Lokpal.