SC shows dissatisfaction over Centre’s response on Lokpal matter

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre’s response on appointment of search committee members for a Lokpal. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and Navin Sinha asked the Centre to file a fresh affidavit giving relevant details of the search committee. During the hearing, Attorney General K K Venugopal submitted… Read more »

Supreme Court agrees to interpret LoP provision for Lokpal

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The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to decide by September 9 on the status of Leader of Opposition (to represent the Lokpal Selection committee) and made it clear that the Lokpal legislation could not be put into cold storage. A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice R.M. Lodha and Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton… Read more »

Search procedure for Lokpal a sham: Legal luminaries

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The decision of eminent jurist Fali Nariman and Justice (retd) K.T. Thomas to call the government’s bluff by staying away from the search committee to prepare a shortlist for selecting the Lokpal has been hailed by legal luminaries. “As a member of the search committee they feel their presence is nominal and will not result… Read more »

Nariman declines to be part of Lokpal search panel

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Eminent jurist Fali Nariman has refused to be part of the process to select the names for various posts of Lokpal, saying he fears that the multi- layered procedure could overlook the most competent, independent and courageous persons. In a letter to V Narayanasamy, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office, Nariman said he… Read more »

Seize property of the corrupt, says Bhushan

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Supreme Court advocate and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan favours seizing money earned dishonestly by corrupt officials and confiscation of their property. He also wants a rigorous process to select Lokpal members and to ensure the financial independence of investigative agencies to combat corruption. Bhushan was addressing a training programme for IAS officers and other senior… Read more »

Prior sanction needed for action against officials? SC reserves verdict

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The Supreme Court Thursday reserved verdict on the validity of a legal provision that mandates the CBI to seek the government’s prior sanction before proceeding against an officer of the rank of joint secretary or above on charges of corruption. However, the six-bench constitution bench said that if it had to invalidate section 6A of… Read more »

Government process to fill up Lokpal posts illegal: Jaitley

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BJP leader Arun Jaitley Monday asked the government to withdraw the process it has initiated to fill up the posts of the chairman of Lokpal and its members, saying it was illegal. Writing in his blog, Jaitley said the Department of Personnel and Training, which has invited applications for the posts, had no authority to… Read more »

Bring PM under Lokpal, says BJP

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The Bharatiya Janata Party Thursday supported bringing the prime minister under the purview of Lokpal, expressing dissatisfaction on the draft anti-corruption bill not mentioning the issue. ‘The BJP does not appreciate the complete omission of prime minister from the draft Lokpal bill, the prime minister should come under Lokpal,’ party general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad… Read more »

Lokpal should not probe PM: Baba Ramdev

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The prime minister should be excluded from the purview of the proposed Lokpal, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said on Tuesday. “It is a very complicated question whether the prime minister and the chief justice of India should be brought under Lokpal bill or not. The person who decides the fate of 121 crore people in… Read more »