Published On: Sun, Dec 6th, 2015

Lokpal may be single window to probe graft complaints against central govt employees

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel examining the Lokpal bill may recommend that the proposed anti-corruption watchdog be a single window to probe all graft complaints against central government employees and to stop multiplicity of investigating agencies to investigate graft cases.

Head of Par panel on Lokpal Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan

Head of Par panel on Lokpal Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP E M Sudarsana Natchiappan, has examined the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014, and will submit its report to Parliament on Monday, official sources said.

At present graft cases against central government employees are probed by several agencies including the CBI, CVC and police.

When contacted, the Committee chairman confirmed that the report will be submitted on Monday. “The report on the bill will be submitted to both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Monday,” Natchiappan told PTI.

The amendment bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 18 last year after which it was referred to the Committee on December 22. It was asked to submit its report by March 25 this year.

The panel had got first extension till July 30 to complete its task. Later, it had sought more time and got two more extensions, which ended on September 30 and November 15. It was again given some more time till December 10.

The Lokpal Act, 2013 provides for establishment of anti-graft watchdog Lokpal for the Union and Lokayuktas for the states to inquire into corruption complaints against public servants.

Inputs with PTI

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