New Delhi: The burning issue of bringing the Prime Minister under Lokpal ambit has remained unsolved in the draft of Lokpal Bill submitted by the Parliamentary Standing Committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi in the House on Friday.

While the panel in its report has stated that premiers of six countries are under the purview of investigations according to their respective laws, but they could not recommend for bringing the PM under the ambit of Lokpal, leaving the controversial debate to the Parliament.

The panel has made several recommendations related to power and scope of the proposed Lokpal body but has chosen to remain mum in taking stance on the PM’s inclusion despite having extensive discussions on the issue.

The Parliamentary committee has included United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) report to highlight the trend followed by different countries in this context. As per the reports, Bhutan, Britain, Australia and several other countries include the head of the state, bureaucrats and Judges under scrutiny. But while preparing the draft report, the issue of PM’s inclusion has not been solved by the panel.

JPN/Bureau