Centre: Lokpal report to be tabled on Dec 9

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New Delhi, Dec 6: The Central government will submit the lokpal bill report on Dec 9. On Tuesday, a meeting is scheduled on the lokpal consensus.

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the panel's chief was expected to table the report on Wednesday, Dec 7. The delayed happened over the contentious provisions brought on by a lack of consensus within the panel, which has been made up of 30 MPs.

Finding a large number of dissent notes for the bill, Singhvi has called for another round of meetings before finalising the report, said sources. The main issues of contention are the exclusion of Prime Minister and the lower bureaucracy from the ambit of the bill.

Team Anna has demanded that the bill passed should ensure that the Ombudsman body will investigate allegations of corruption against all 60,000 central government employees, and similarly Lokayukta must do that in every state.

Anna Hazare has threatened of a fresh agitation from Dec 27 after centre excluded the lower bureaucracy and judiciary from the ambit of the bill.

Anna claimed that government cheated him and warned the government to be ready to face another agitation.

Anna Hazare is scheduled to sit on a day long fast on Dec 11 and has also invited politicians to join his agitation.

“11 December, Jantar Mantar debate with no adjournments on Lokpal. Come, listen, ask questions and clarify doubts. Political representatives are invited to speak," read activist Kiran Bedi's tweet on Twitter.

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