The Aam Aadmi Party government on Monday introduced the Delhi Janlokpal Bill in the state assembly. The Bill provides an ombudsman powers to act against any government official in the national capital, including Union ministers, through its own investigation wing, reported PTI.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tabled the Bill and called it the most “effective and independent” in India’s history. He added that the proposed legislation brings under its ambit every act of corruption occurring within the boundaries of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. He also assured that the Bill is similar to the one that was discussed during the 2011 Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement, rejecting allegations of it being “completely different”.
Sisodia said that a four-member selection committee, chaired by the Delhi High Court Chief Justice, will select the three-member Lokpal. The other members of the committee will be the chief minister, Speaker of the state Assembly and the leader of the Opposition.
Bharatiya Janata Party MLA and leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta was earlier marshalled out of the House. This was after the House saw a clash between legislators of the government and the Opposition over BJP MLA OP Sharma's alleged derogatory remarks against ruling AAP MLA Alka Lamba. Speaker Ram Niwas Goel had initially asked Gupta to leave the House by 4 pm, but the MLA was forced out after he refused to walk out, reported PTI. Sharma was on Thursday suspended by the Speaker for the rest of the Winter session due to his remarks.