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The Lokpal Idea, 1963-2010, Vol. I
 
Rajeev Dhavan
Price : ₹ 1095.00  
ISBN : 9789352874743
Language : English
Pages : 436
Binding : Hardback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2019
Series :
Territorial Rights : World
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About the Book

Among the innumerable solutions proposed to combat corruption and maladministration in India was the institution of the Lokpal. Its story began around 1963 and continued through the heady days of the Anna Hazare campaign to produce a flawed result passed by Parliament in 2013.

But what is the Lokpal?  Like so many concepts of governance, it is an institution to root out maladministration and corruption. Bureaucrats hated it and sought to wriggle out of its jurisdiction. Politicians had no choice but to broadly accept it, but were wary of its implications for ministers and legislators. Political parties saw in it an opportunity to examine the past five years of the previous past regimes as an incidence of ‘regime revenge’.

The Lokpal Idea, 1963-2010, critically examines debates, documents, ideas, and material to show how the idea of Lokpal was moulded and remoulded to suit politicians and civil servants and others, and asks: Are remedial institutions like the Lokpal the real answer? Can the Lokpal be seen as an artefact of governance, or is it a mere plaything in the hands of ruling dispensations?

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface                                                                                                                                                        
Acknowledgements      

PART I  INTRODUCTION

Chapter I: Why Lokpal?

Chapter II: Khundak, the Felicific Calculus and the Lokpal

The Parens Patriae

The Felicific Calculus and the systemic inversion of power

Lack of people’s power: Finding solutions

Happiness and Khundak

India’s Variant: The Lokpal

The Indian Lokpal: Whether and When?

PART II  CORRUPTION IN INDIA

Chapter III: Intimations of Corruption in India

Chapter IV: Corruption Legislation in India

Prevention of Corruption

Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947

Parliamentary Debate of 1952: Legal Tweaking

Framing the new Act of 1988: A diversion

The Prevention of Corruption Act 1988

The Vigilance Angle

Santhanam Committee and the Central Vigilance Commission

Central Vigilance Bill (137) of 1999

Report of the Joint Committee on the CVC Bill 1999

Parliamentary discussions on the CVC Bill of 1999

CVC Act 2003

Vohra Committee

The Vohra Report on Corruption

Parliamentary discussions on the Vohra Report

Finding legal answers: SC on the Vohra Report

Prevention of Corruption

Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947

Parliamentary Debate of 1952: Legal Tweaking

Framing the new Act of 1988: A diversion

The Prevention of Corruption Act 1988

The Vigilance Angle

Santhanam Committee and the Central Vigilance Commission

Central Vigilance Bill (137) of 1999

Report of the Joint Committee on the CVC Bill 1999

Parliamentary discussions on the CVC Bill of 1999

CVC Act 2003

Vohra Committee

The Vohra Report on Corruption

Parliamentary discussions on the Vohra Report

Finding legal answers: SC on the Vohra Report

PART III  GOVERNMENT LOKPAL LEGISLATIONS (1963–2010)

Chapter V: Why Lokpal?

The (L. M.) Singhvi Interlude (1963-66)

Lokayukta Resolution (1964)

ARC Report (1966)

LS debates ARC Report (1966)

Chapter VI: Lokpal Bills (1967–71)

P. K. Deo’s Bill (1967)

Parliamentary discussion on P. K. Deo’s Bill

Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill (1968)

Report of the Joint Committee, 1968–69

Parliamentary Debate on JDC (1969)

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 1971

Chapter  VII: Lokpal Bills (1977–96): Regime-Revenge models

The Lokpal Bill of 1977

Parliamentary debate on JC (1977)

Joint Committee Report on the Lokpal Bill and debates (1977)

The Lokpal Bill of 1985

Parliamentary Motion on Lokpal Bill (1985)

Joint Committee Report on Lokpal Bill (1985)

The Lokpal Bill (1989)

Towards the Resolution of 1995

The Resolution of 1995

Introduction of the Lokpal Bill (1996)

The Lokpal Bill (1996)

Standing Committee report on the Lokpal Bill (1996)

Chapter VIII: Lokpal Bills (1998–2001): Political Corruption Models

The Lokpal Bill of 1998

Standing Committee Report on the Lokpal Bill (1998)

The Lokpal Bill (2001)

Standing Committee Report on the Lokpal Bill (2001)

Chapter IX: The Lost Years: 2001–10

The NCRWC and the Lokpal

Second Administrative Reforms Commission (the Moily Panel)

The Lokayukta Experience

PART IV CONCLUSION

Chapter X: Past Tense, Future Problems

Index

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Rajeev Dhavan is a Senior Advocate practising in the Supreme Court of India. As a lawyer-academic, he has written extensively on the Constitution, governance and public affairs For his website, see www. rajeevdhavan.com