New Delhi: Bihar government's draft bill on Lokayukta has disappointed the Team Anna which on Wednesday described it as a ‘copy of the much-criticised’ Centre's Lokpal bill that prompted Anna Hazare to go on hunger strike.

Team Anna’s prominent member, Arvind Kejariwal, however, expressed that the state government would soon make necessary alterations in the proposed draft bill.

“Bihar government's proposed Lokayukta Bill is a copy of the much-criticised Centre's draft against which Anna sat on a fast,” Kejriwal said, adding the selection, suspension and removal of Lokayukta will be in the government's control and therefore it will not be independent, as per the draft.

The draft also says the Lokayukta needs permission from government to investigate and prosecute any government officer and punishment to a complainant if he files a frivolous complaint and punishment for a corrupt officer is the same, six months to five years. (As per the draft, corrupt officers will also get free legal assistance provided by government against the complainant, he said.

Another Team Anna member Kiran Bedi said the proposed Lokayukta Bill of Bihar was a "replica" of the Centre's Lokpal against which they had all agitated. "Jan Lokpal Bill is an absolute necessity for standardisation," she said.

Meanwhile, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav said the Centre is yet to decide the draft on the Lokayukta, but the Nitish Kumar-led state government has passed the Lokayukta Bill in a bid grab the attention. But in this race, Nitish has failed from the Khanduri government, he added.

Singing in the same tune, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said, “One should have a Lokayukta like Karnataka.”

Bihar Cabinet had on Tuesday decided to seek public opinion on the proposal for effective and strong Lokayukta by November 22 and formed a committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi to fine-tune the draft of the Lokayukta Bill which is proposed to be tabled in the winter session of the state assembly in December.

JPN/Bureau