Anti-corruption bill passed in India

Anti-corruption bill passed in India

Anti-corruption bill passed in India

Written by Bella Dalima

18 Dec, 2013 | 4:16 pm

The lower house of India’s parliament has approved a new anti-corruption bill under which an independent Ombudsman will have powers to prosecute politicians and civil servants.

On Tuesday, the upper house passed the so-called Lokpal Bill, a main demand of campaigners led by Anna Hazare. The bill will have to be signed by the president to become law but that is a mere formality, correspondents say.

Hazare is now expected to end his latest hunger strike after nine days. The bill was first introduced in parliament in 2011 after a 12-day fast by Hazare.

The lower house passed it but the upper house did not. This time round, in a rare show of unity, the governing Congress party and the main opposition BJP supported the passage of the bill in both houses.

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