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The Lokpal Act of 2014

An Assessment

The Lokpal Act of 2014

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2014 can be said to be a positive step forward, subject to certain weaknesses related to the provision on Lokayuktas and the autonomy of investigating authorities, among others.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (L&L) Act 20141 was passed by Parliament in December 2013, and got Presidential assent on 1 January 2014. It aims to prevent and control corruption through the setting up of an independent and empowered body at the central level, called the Lokpal that would receive complaints relating to corruption against most categories of public servants and ensure that these are properly investigated and, where warranted, effectively prosecuted. All this is envisaged in a time-bound manner, with the help of special courts set up for the purpose. The Act also makes it incumbent for each state to pass, within a year, a law setting up a body of Lokayuktas at the state level, but leaves it to the states to work out the details.

Brief History and Salient Features

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