Par panel asks law ministry to give final view on Lokpal Bill

A Parliamentary committee has asked the Law ministry, which has taken differing stands, to give its final view on whether Parliament has the power to pass the Lokpal Bill making it mandatory for states to set up Lokayuktas.

The Rajya Sabha Select Committee on Lokpal has sought the final view of the Law ministry on whether Parliament has the legislative competence to pass a law which will be mandatory for states to follow.

''...It is expedient to enact a law for more effective implementation of the UN Convention and to provide for prompt and fair probe and prosecution in cases of corruption,'' said the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill passed by the Lok Sabha, and vetted by the Law ministry.

The government had cited provisions under Article 253 of the constitution to state that Parliament can make laws which are mandatory for the state governments to implement.

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