New Delhi: In a measure that would go a long way in curbing corrupt practices by public servants, the joint committee to draft the Lokpal Bill has agreed to delegate the power of inquiring into the assets of the Parliamentarians to Lokpal.

The government agreed to the proposal during the meeting of the Lokpal panel that Lokpal would assess the assets declared by the elected representatives after every Lok Sabha election.

During the three hour long meeting which was headed by chairman of the joint draft committee Pranab Mukherjee on Monday, the panel agreed upon a slew of other proposals also.

It was agreed that the undeclared assets of the public servants including those of ministers, judges and officials would be considered illegal. Their assets would be frozen pending inquiry. Unaccounted assets of all those officials who are held guilty would be liquidated to meet the loss incurred to the public exchequer.

The panel also agreed that the Lokpal would be bestowed with powers to summon and act against people who fail to follow the orders of the anti-graft watchdog.

The panel also accepted Anna Hazare’s proposal that provision of action must be made against those registering false complaint against the public servants.

However, consensus could not be arrived at on bringing the higher judiciary and the Prime Minister’s office under the ambit of Lokpal.

JPN/Bureau