NEW DELHI, Jan 1 � The much-awaited Lokpal Bill today got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for creation of an anti-graft watchdog which will bring under its purview even the Prime Minister with certain safeguards, reports PTI.
The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 17 and by the Lok Sabha the next day.
The Lok Sabha secretariat had yesterday sent to the Law Ministry a copy of the Bill which has been signed by Speaker Meira Kumar. The Bill was then forwarded to the Rashtrapati Bhavan for the President�s assent, official sources said.
The President has signed the Lokpal Bill, the sources said.
The Bill takes the shape of the Act after the signing by the President and following certain procedures.
After the assent by the President, Secretary Legislative Department in the Law Ministry will sign it and send it for publication in the official Gazettee.