New Delhi: Speculations are rife that the Parliamentary Committee under the Law Ministry may most probably leave the decision on ‘whether the Prime Minister to be brought under Lokpal ambit’ to the Parliament. The committee may also swim against the Anna wave demanding Judiciary and junior bureaucracy to be brought under the Lokpal.

Hinting at the possibility, Parliamentary Committee Chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “The Committee was writing the report in national interest and not to please anyone or everyone”. Therefore, the government has already pulled up its socks to arrive on an agreement with Team Anna ahead of his scheduled fast.

Singhvi has also sought Rajya Sabha Chairman Dr Hamid Ansari’s permission on more time till Friday to submit the report on Lokpal.

Rubbishing the allegations of delay in report, he said, “The report will be given a final shape on Wednesday and will be tabled in the Parliament in next two to three days".

The Lokpal Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice in August this year and given three months time to submit its report. On November 9, the committee's deadline on submission of the report on Lokpal Bill was extended till December 7.

According to Singhvi, the procedural extension sought for translation of the report and its binding should not be termed as a delay. He further claimed, no other Parliamentary committee has completed a report on such a "vast and complicated" subject in two-and-a-half months time.

According to sources, the final decision may rest with the Parliament as observing the strong opposition by the BJP, others and some UPA members too, the Parliament can accept bringing PM under the Lokpal ambit along with certain pre-conditions.

However, the report will exclude Judiciary and lower bureaucracy from Lokpal. Also, the CBI’s right to investigation and procedure will not be included under the Lokpal.

To a question on the Team Anna’s rejecting the draft recommendations of his panel, Singhvi said, “The report is not to satisfy any individual or organisation or all individuals and organisations...if you don't agree, it's your problem”.

JPN/Bureau