Bhopal: Alleging delay in the approval of Nyayalaya Vidheyak 2011 (Special Courts Bill, 2011), MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Wednesday threatened to sit on ‘maun vrat’ along with his cabinet at Rajghat in New Delhi on February 2.

The proposed bill seeks to check corruption among bureaucrats in the state.

According to sources, the Law Ministry has already given its clearance to the bill stating that it was constitutionally and legally valid.

Madhya Pradesh had passed the bill in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha in April 2011 and is presently waiting for clearance by the centre.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, the Chief Minister said, “If the Center fails to give its approval, we will protest at Rajgaht.”

According to Chauhan, the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram had assured immediate steps to clear the bill. Chauhan also met President Pratibha Patil before meeting Chidambaram. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had last year assured speedy approval to the anti-corruption law.

The bill is modeled on a law enacted and enforced by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. The legislation is being seen as an effective deterrent against corrupt public servants and provides for expeditious disposal of cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

The proposed law also provides for confiscating the property of corrupt officials and the utilisation of such property for public good.

(JPN/Bureau)