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Move to bring PM under Lokpal Bill

By The Assam Tribune
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NEW DELHI, Dec 19 � Bringing Prime Minister in the ambit of Lokpal with adequate safeguards and change in mode of appointment of CBI director could be among the provisions the government is looking to incorporate in the Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Parliament, possibly in the next couple of days.

These are among the 60 official amendments the government was tonight said to be giving final touches to in the bill that is expected to be brought to the Cabinet tomorrow.

The government was also considering extending the current Winter Session, which concludes on December 22, from December 27 to 29, after a five-day break for Christmas.

A meeting of the Cabinet, which was to take place tonight, was put off till at least tomorrow as the draft was not ready, sources said.

A senior minister said that decisions on all issues have been taken and �some faults� were being removed.

The sources said the government is unlikely to meet Team Anna�s demand for bringing CBI entirely under Lokpal but is ready to carve out from it an independent prosecution wing.

There is also a proposal for changing the selection procedure for the CBI chief by including Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses in the selection committee, they said.

A senior minister said the government felt that an institution cannot be killed to set up another institution.

A group of senior ministers completed the exercise of �cleaning up� the draft of the bill amid Anna Hazare�s looming threat of going on hunger strike from December 27 if the anti-graft legislation was not passed by then.

The sources said that in view of over 60 official amendments mooted, there was a plan to withdraw the Bill introduced in August and table a revised one, either on Wednesday or Thursday.

Home Minister P Chidambaram is leading a team of ministers which met today to fine tune the proposed legislation, particularly on the most contentious issue of the jurisdiction of the Lokpal over CBI.

The sources said an appropriate language was being worked out, particularly on the aspect of CBI, and Chidambaram was focusing on that as he was not happy with the draft prepared earlier for consideration of the Cabinet. � PTI

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Move to bring PM under Lokpal Bill

NEW DELHI, Dec 19 � Bringing Prime Minister in the ambit of Lokpal with adequate safeguards and change in mode of appointment of CBI director could be among the provisions the government is looking to incorporate in the Lokpal Bill to be introduced in Parliament, possibly in the next couple of days.

These are among the 60 official amendments the government was tonight said to be giving final touches to in the bill that is expected to be brought to the Cabinet tomorrow.

The government was also considering extending the current Winter Session, which concludes on December 22, from December 27 to 29, after a five-day break for Christmas.

A meeting of the Cabinet, which was to take place tonight, was put off till at least tomorrow as the draft was not ready, sources said.

A senior minister said that decisions on all issues have been taken and �some faults� were being removed.

The sources said the government is unlikely to meet Team Anna�s demand for bringing CBI entirely under Lokpal but is ready to carve out from it an independent prosecution wing.

There is also a proposal for changing the selection procedure for the CBI chief by including Leaders of Opposition in both the Houses in the selection committee, they said.

A senior minister said the government felt that an institution cannot be killed to set up another institution.

A group of senior ministers completed the exercise of �cleaning up� the draft of the bill amid Anna Hazare�s looming threat of going on hunger strike from December 27 if the anti-graft legislation was not passed by then.

The sources said that in view of over 60 official amendments mooted, there was a plan to withdraw the Bill introduced in August and table a revised one, either on Wednesday or Thursday.

Home Minister P Chidambaram is leading a team of ministers which met today to fine tune the proposed legislation, particularly on the most contentious issue of the jurisdiction of the Lokpal over CBI.

The sources said an appropriate language was being worked out, particularly on the aspect of CBI, and Chidambaram was focusing on that as he was not happy with the draft prepared earlier for consideration of the Cabinet. � PTI

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