Aizawl, December 18, 2013
The Rajya Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayuktas
Bill, 2011 on December 17, 2013 and the Bill has
been passed by the Lok Sabha today.
Some of the important features in the Bill are as
Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the level of
The Lokpal will consist of a Chairperson and a
maximum of eight Members, of which fifty percent
shall be judicial members.
Fifty per cent of members of Lokpal shall be from
amongst SC/ST/OBCs, Minorities and Women.
The selection of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal
shall be through a Selection Committee consisting
Speaker of Lok Sabha;
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha;
Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court
judge nominated by CJI;
Eminent jurist to be nominated by the President of
India on the basis of recommendations of the first
four members of the Selection Committee.
Prime Minister has been brought under the purview
of the Lokpal.
Lokpals jurisdiction will cover all categories of
All entities receiving donations from foreign
source in the context of the Foreign Contribution
Regulation Act (FCRA) in excess of Rs. 10 lakhs per
year are brought under the jurisdiction of Lokpal.
Provides adequate protection for honest and
upright Public Servants.
Lokpal will have power of superintendence and
direction over any investigation agency including
CBI for cases referred to them by Lokpal.
A high powered Committee chaired by the Prime
Minister will recommend selection of the
Directorate of Prosecution headed by a Director of
Prosecution under the overall control of Director;
The appointment of the Director of Prosecution,
CBI on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance
Transfer of officers of CBI investigating cases
referred by Lokpal with the approval of Lokpal;
The Bill also incorporates provisions for
attachment and confiscation of property acquired by
corrupt means, even while prosecution is pending.
The Bill lays down clear time lines for
Preliminary enquiry & investigation and trial and
towards this end, the Bill provides for setting up
of Special Courts.
A mandate for setting up of the institution of
Lokayukta through enactment of a law by the State
Legislature within a period of 365 days from the
date of commencement of the Act.