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Delhi Govt. passes Jan Lokpal Bill

New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly passed the anti-corruption legislation Jan Lokpal Bill here on Friday. The Bill was introduced in the Assembly on Monday.

Expressing delight at the passing of the Bill, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the NDA government to pass a similar bill at the Centre.

“Thousands of volunteers have worked day and night for this. I would like to congratulate them. Even centre should pass this bill with a positive attitude,” Kejriwal told media here.

It provides for an ombudsman with powers to act against any government functionary, including those of the Centre, in the national capital through its own investigation wing.

On Tuesday, former AAP leader and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan had slammed the bill, saying it was ‘biggest betrayal’ to the anti corruption movement in the country.

Bhushan had also invited Kejriwal for an open public debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill through advertisements released on the radio.

According to the Bill, the Lokpal will have to complete the investigation within a period of six months and assets accumulated through corrupt means will be confiscated. (ANI)