Comparison between Lokpal Bill and Jan Lokpal Bill

Ever since Anna Hazare started protesting against the Lokpal Bill and the amendment of the Jan Lokpal Bill, he has received tremendous support from the masses of India. In fact, the numbers are increasing day by day with more and more people from all walks of life joining him.

However, there are many amongst us who are unaware about the difference between both the bills and why Jan Lokpal Bill is being favored by Hazare and his supporters. So, here’s some comparison between both the bills. This can also be an eye-opener for those who are unsure about supporting Anna.

(Source of the following table – http://www.spectralhues.com/2011/08/jan-lokpal-bill-vs-lokpal-bill-in-depth.html)

Subject
The Jan Lokpal Bill
Government’s Lokpal Bill
Prime Minister             
Can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.
PM cannot be investigate by Lokpal.
Judiciary
Can be investigated, though high level members may be investigated only with permission of a seven member Lokpal bench.
Judiciary is exempt and will be covered by a separate “judicial accountability bill”.
MPs     
Can be investigated with permission of seven member Lokpal bench.
Can be investigated, but their conduct within Parliament, such as voting, cannot be investigated.
Lower bureaucracy
All public servants would be included.
Only Group A officers will be covered.
The CBI
will be merged into the Lokpal.
The CBI will remain a separate agency.
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Removal of Lokpal members and Chair            Any person can bring a complaint to the Supreme Court, who can then recommend removal of any member to the President.
Any “aggrieved party” can raise a complaint to the President, who will refer the matter to the CJI.
Removal of Lokpal staff and officers            
Complaints against Lokpal staff will be handled by independent boards set-up in each state, composed of retired bureaucrats, judges, and civil society members.
Lokpal will conduct inquiries into its own behavior.
Lokayukta
Lokakyukta and other local/state anti-corruption agency would remain in place.
All state anti-corruption agencies would be closed and responsibilities taken over by centralized Lokpal.
Whistleblower protection       
Whistleblowers are protected law.
No protection granted to whistleblowers.
Punishment for corruption
Lokpal can either directly impose penalties, or refer the matter to the courts. Penalties can include removal from office, imprisonment, and recovery of assets from those who benefited from the corruption.
Lokpal can only refer matters to the courts, not take any direct punitive actions. Penalties remain equivalent to those in current law.
Investigatory powers
Lokpal can obtain wiretaps, issue rogatory letters, and recruit investigating officers. Cannot issue contempt orders.
Lokpal can issue contempt orders, and has the ability to punish those in contempt. No authority to obtain wiretaps, issue rogatory letters, or recruit investigating officers.[
False, frivolous and vexatious complaints                  
Lokpal can issue fines for frivolous complaints (including frivolous complaints against Lokpal itself), with a maximum penalty of 1 lakh.
Court system will handle matters of frivolous complaints. Courts can issue fines of Rs25,000 to 2 lakh.
Scope 
All corruption can be investigated.
Only high-level corruption can be investigated.
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12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ahmed on August 25, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Jan lok pal bill must be presented to parliment for discussion instead of government nok pal bill. I support to Anna Hazare and Jan lokpal bill.

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  2. Support Janlokpal Bill

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  3. Posted by Anil on August 27, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Its a revolutionary solution for a worm like “corruption” and Jan Lok Pal is the best bill to resolve. My salute to the master- Anna Hazzare, you r eternal to us. Jai Hind

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  4. Posted by Anil on August 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Why do a good revolution consume 11days fast to implement. Each one of us have a role to play.. Guys please raise… Its for us and for a better future

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  5. Posted by Anil on August 27, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks to the initiator… We love you sir.

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  6. […] You can read more about the two Lokpals here. […]

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  7. Posted by ajay on August 28, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    jai ho….. india’s gonna bang with lokpal bill……….. lets strive for our rights.

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  8. Posted by Tilak on October 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Appeal to all pls take initiate to remove corruption own your level and make india corruption free. I salute anna who fight against stil against.

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