Lokpal Bill to be tabled in Parliament today

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New Delhi, Dec 9: The much awaited Lokpal Bill is expected to be tabled today in the Rajya Sabha by the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

The draft recommends Group 'C' and 'D' bureaucrats come under the State Lokayuktas and the Central level under the Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

It also recommends that the CBI's control be outside the Lokpal. The draft further says that the decision to include the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal be left to the Parliament.

There were, however, 16 dissensions among the members of the committee. Three were moved by Congress MPs led by Rahul Gandhi's aide, who asked for Group C to come under the Lokpal ambit.

Team Anna, however, differed on all three recommendations of the committee's report and have been threatening to launch a campaign against the government, if the government failed to take stern action.

"I think the recommendations of the (Parliamentary) Standing Committee, whatever they are, the Lokpal which is coming, I don't think this will have any impact on corruption. On the contrary, it is likely to dismantle whatever exists in the name of anti-corruption in this country," said activist Arvind Kejriwal.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Parliament Standing Committee Chairman said that more could be added to the draft once it was tabled and lashed out at Team Anna saying that the panel was not working to please them or any individual.

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