New Delhi: To take forward the process of drafting an effective legislation to counter corruption, the second meeting of the drafting committee of the Lokpal Bill will be held on Monday.

Five Union ministers and social activist Anna Hazare's representatives will meet to carry on the process.

Civil society members held rallies in several cities on Sunday in support of a strong anti-corruption law as the Union ministers went through minute details of various versions of the draft Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by Hazare's team.

Top officials of the Law Ministry, who have gone through the Bill, made a presentation on salient features of the legislation before the Union ministers at a meeting here.

The meeting was called by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the Chairman of the Joint Drafting Committee.

At the first meeting of the panel on April 16, both the sides had agreed to go through various drafts of the Lokpal bill submitted by other organisations.

Mukherjee discussed with his ministerial colleagues finer details of the Jan Lokpal Bill which, among other things, envisages a provision empowering the office of the Lokpal to intercept telephonic conversations.

The second meeting comes in the backdrop of differences on the inclusion of judiciary in the anti-graft legislation.

At a round-table organised recently, two former Chief Justices of India -- J S Verma and M N Venkatachalaiah – had opposed inclusion of judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts in the proposed legislation.

The latest version has a new clause, Clause 13-C, which gives wide powers to "an appropriate bench of the Lokpal to approve interception and monitoring of  messages or data or voice transmitted through telephones, internet or any other medium as covered under the India Telegraph Act, read with Information and Technology Act 2000."

The power to intercept telephonic conversations is, at present, vested with the Home Ministry.

Another new provision in the draft is for setting up a separate "prosecution wing" for the office of Lokpal which is already envisaged to have powers to investigate.

The draft was circulated to government representatives during the Committee's fist meeting on April 16.

Mukherjee, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid represent the government on the joint drafting committee.

Its civil society members are Hazare, former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan, senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal.

(Agencies)