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Centre, AAP on collision course over Jan Lokpal Bill (Analysed from The Indian Express, Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Centre- Delhi relations, Ombudsman)

The much-awaited Bill which had led Mr. Kejriwal to tender his resignation on February, 2014, had been tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in November, 2015 is awaiting Centre’s approval.

Provisions of Jan Lokpal Bill
The objective of the bill is to make Delhi a corruption free zone.
1. Ensure time-bound probe and prosecution within six months or 12 months in the rarest cases, 
2. To confiscate and attach assets of government and private officials involved in corrupt acts.
3. Protection to whistleblowers.
4. Overarching powers of investigation against Central government employees.

Objections of Union Government
The MHA will shortly convey its objections to the Arvind Kejriwal government through the office of Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung. It is believed that the Union Government is opposed to overarching powers of investigation against Central government employees. This provision may be used to victimize Central Government employees and affect the functioning of Union Government.

Procedure in the passage of the bill
As per Article 239AA, both the Parliament and Delhi Legislative assembly can make laws under State list for Delhi. However, in case Parliament has already passed a law on a matter (Lokpal and Lokayukta in the present case), then the Delhi government is required to seek approval of the President for passing the law on the same matter



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