Delhi cabinet approves Jan Lokpal Bill

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Delhi cabinet approves Jan Lokpal Bill
New Delhi, Feb 3: In a landmark move, the Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved the Jan Lokpal Bill. Passing of Lokpal Bill was one of the main poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party.

The party sources said that from Chief Minister to peon, everybody will come under the purview of the bill. The bill, largely based on the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, promises to reduce corruption in the national capital to a large extent.

According to party sources, the bill will be passed in a special Assembly session held at the Indira Gandhi stadium on 16 February. The Aam Aadmi Party has invited the public to attend the session.

A committee headed by the Chief Secretary and secretaries of Urban Development, Law and Finance departments, besides eminent advocate Rahul Mehra drafted the Lokpal Bill.

Although the bill is almost similar to Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, it differs from the Lokayukta Bill on some points, including the inclusion of the chief minister in its ambit, officials said.

The Delhi Lokpal will have the CM under its purview but leaves the judiciary out. The Lokpal, once passed, will replace Delhi's Lokayukta Act, which AAP says, is ineffective.

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