Tuesday, 26 July 2016

RELIEF Regarding Lokpal Act on the Anvil

A meeting was convened today (26th July 26, 2016) in the Parliament office of the Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley where a number of MPs were present, including those that were present in the delegation that met the Prime Minister yesterday.

Mr. Arun Jaitley, who convened the meeting, conveyed to the MPs present that, as a large number of people were being adversely affected by this provision of the Lokpal Act, the Government had taken the decision to return it to the Standing Committee for review.  Until such time as a solution was found and further discussion had taken place across parties, the relevant provision would be held in abeyance. (In other words there is no specific date for a new compliance deadline – it could be indefinite).

Furthermore, Mr. Jaitley added that the spouses and dependent children of Government servants were also proposed to be excluded from the applicability of this provision.

A formal announcement will be issued very shortly by the government.

Filing writ petitions in the courts may also have to be reconsidered.

Our Advisory:
1. Please do NOT upload details regarding your assets on the MHA website or any other website.
2. Please do NOT fall prey to panic being whipped up by certain networks and insisting on compliance.

The battle, at least for the moment, seems over.
But stay tuned and continue to follow our Blog for updates http://capnewsviews.blogspot.in (click on legal news)
 Noshir H. Dadrawala 

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