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Why Lokpal could become a source of harassment

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Now that the members of the Lokpal have finally been appointed, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), one of the prime movers of the move behind the Lokpal along with one-time mentor Anna Hazare, has said it plans to move the newly-constituted anti-corruption watchdog against prime minister Narendra Modi in the Rafale and Sahara-Birla diaries scam. Given the Supreme Court has already opined on the two matters, the fact that AAP chief—and Delhi chief minister—Arvind Kejriwal plans to raise the issue again raises fears once more of forum-shopping via the Lokpal and the body becoming a source of harassment; the fact that both the Central government and the Lokpal have jurisdiction over bureaucrats is seen as yet another problem area.

Interestingly, while AAP joined other Opposition leaders in pillorying the government for delaying the appointment of the Lokpal, when Kejriwal came up with his Lokpal Bill, members of his party felt it was a diluted version of what Hazare had proposed and called it a ‘Jokepal’.

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