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Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, interacting with media on Lokpal Bill at Parliament House on Thursday. Photo Rajeev Bhatt - The Hindu.
The Lokpal Bill, which excludes the office of the Prime Minister, higher judiciary and conduct of MPs inside Parliament from the purview of the anti-corruption watchdog, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Thursday amid objections by BJP and its NDA partners.
The Lokpal Bill, 2011 introduced by Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy, seeks to keep the office of the Prime Minister outside the purview of the ombudsman during his term in office.
The institution would inquire into allegations of corruption in respect of the Prime Minister only after he demits office.
Government has maintained that the conduct of judiciary will be covered by the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill pending with a Parliamentary Standing Committee.
Similarly, the conduct of MPs has also been excluded from the ambit of Lokpal as under Article 105 (2) "no member of
Parliament shall be liable to any proceedings in any court in respect of anything said or any vote given by him in Parliament..."
"Why immunity to PM?"
Just before introduction of the Bill, Speaker Meira Kumar gave permission to Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj to express her views as a special case.
Silly, so that the PM can wipe out all traces of his / her corruption while in power and after Seven years, who remembers or cares?
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