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Lokpal and Lokayuktas

Posted on : 11 Feb 2020

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  • The logo is in tricolour representing the national essence of Lokpal.
  • A Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or body of ombudsman who represents the public interest in the Republic of India.
  • The current Chairperson of Lokpal is Pinaki Chandra Ghose.
  • The Lokpal has jurisdiction over central government to inquire into allegations of corruption against its public functionaries and for matters connected to corruption.
  • The Lokpal is responsible for enquiring into corruption charges at the national level while the Lokayukta performs the same function at the state level.
  • A complaint under the Lokpal Act should be in the prescribed form and must pertain to an offence under the Prevention of Corruption Act against a public servant.
  • There is no restriction on who can make such a complaint.
  • When a complaint is received, the Lokpal may order a preliminary inquiry by its Inquiry Wing, or refer it for investigation by any agency, including the CBI, if there is a prima facie case.
  • Before the ordering of an investigation by the agency, the Lokpal shall call for an explanation from the public servant to determine whether a prima facie case exists.
  • The Lokpal, with respect to Central government servants, may refer the complaints to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding Lokpal and Lokayuktas
    1.A Lokpal is an anti-corruption authority or body of ombudsman who represents the public interest in the Republic of India.
    2.The Lokpal is responsible for enquiring into corruption charges at the national level while the Lokayukta performs the same function at the state level.
    3.Only the affected person can make such complaint.
    Which of the following statement is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 and 2 only

    2.2 and 3 only

    3.1 and 3 only

    4.1, 2 and 3

    Right Ans : 1 and 2 only

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