Petition against panel on Lokpal Bill to be heard tomorrow

A division bench comprising Justices Pradeep Kant and Vedpal today fixed May 20 as the next date after the Lucknow Bench of the high court heard additional solicitor general Ashok Nigam.

The court had earlier issued notice to Attorney General of India on Apr 20 to file a reply on the issue within three weeks.

The petitioner, a local lawyer Ashok Pandey submitted that under the existing Constitutional provisions, the Centre cannot issue resolution or notification to constitute a committee on drafting the Lokpal Bill.

A committee headed by senior minister Pranab Mukherjee to draft an effective Lokpal Bill was constituted on April 9 after the anti-corruption campaign launched by Gandhian Anna Hazare.

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