"The amendment that is to be brought in this bill, those rights have been given to Lokpal instead. If everything is to be decided by Lokpal, what is the point of this Bill? It should be sent to a select committee," said Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal as the Bill was taken up in the upper house.

In reponse, Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh said, "It is true there was a court litigation on this issue. In totality, it is true that the permission therein is rested with Lokpal. For the members, there is a room to take a call how much to give out and how much to keep on its side."

"It is a gray area, we do not want to appear to be shirking away from giving our authority to Lokpal," he added. As there appeared a consensus overall on sending the Bill to the select committee, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said he was 'deferring the discussion' on the issue as the “sense of the House is to send it to the select committe”. He also asked the government to come out with a motion with names of members of different parties for the panel.

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