This is an important amendment of corruption bill, especially in times when the government has demonetized currency to fight against corruption. Expect a lot of debate on this in times to come.
All SC judgments are important. Hence this news is important from mains points of view. It is also important for topics related to corruption.
A Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or ombudsman who represents the public interest. The Lokpal has jurisdiction over all MP’s and central government employees in cases of corruption. The 2013 Bill as passed by Parliament creates a Lokpal at the centre which shall consist of a chairperson and up to eight members.
The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act was passed in 2013, following the Jan Lokpal movement led by Anna Hazare. The Lokpal is responsible for enquiring into corruption charges at the national level while the Lokayukta performs the same function at the state level.
The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world.
The Uttar Pradesh Lokayukta controversy highlights the need for greater attention to anti-corruption systems and processes.
Some amendments fail to address key issues in corruption jurisprudence.