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Undermining the Lokpal

The Lokpal law was enacted to set up an independent institution to ensure proper investigation and prosecution into allegations of corruption against public servants. Members of the Lokpal were appointed in 2019, more than five years after the law was passed, in a manner that undermined public trust in the institution. In 2016, even before the Lokpal became functional, amendments were made to weaken key provisions of the legislation relating to asset disclosures by public servants.

The Lokpal Act of 2014

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2014 can be said to be a positive step forward, subject to certain weaknesses related to the provision on Lokayuktas and the autonomy of investigating authorities, among others.
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