Its salient features are:

•    It will cover all public servants - right from the chief minister to all Group D employees.

•    No safeguards for the chief minister's office while bringing it under the Lokpal's purview.

•    Provides for a legal right of protection to whistleblowers and witnesses.

•    Provides for time-bound investigation and trial of corruption cases.

•    Lokpal will have the power to initiate an investigation on its own (suo motu) or on a complaint from an individual.

•    The punishment in cases of corruption will range from six months to 10 years and life imprisonment in rarest of rare cases.

•    If the beneficiary of an offence is a business entity, in addition to the punishment provided under this law, the guilty will have to pay a fine up to five times the loss caused to public exchequer.

•    The Lokpal institution will have a chairperson and 10 members.

•    The Lokpal chairperson and members will be selected by a panel comprising the chief minister, leader of the opposition in the assembly, and two judges of the high court selected in a full court meeting.


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