Lokpal panel divided, 10 members give dissenting note

New Delhi : A division emerged in the parliamentary panel studying the Lokpal bill Thursday with ten members submitting a note of dissent on the draft, sources said.

Sources said there is a division among the members on bringing the prime minister, Group C government employees and the CBI within the ambit of the proposed Lokpal.

Some members also alleged that while there was a general agreement Wednesday that Group C employees will be under Lokpal, a meeting was suddenly called Thursday and it was decided that Group C employees will be kept out of the Lokpal ambit.

“It is strange why the meeting was called today when most issues had been agreed upon yesterday,” Samajwadi Party leader and panel member Shailendra Kumar said .

“I don’t think the recommendations will support a strong Lokpal,” he said.

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