20 Dec '11, 7pm

India backs anti-graft bill

India backs anti-graft bill

NEW DELHI: India's cabinet on Tuesday approved a landmark anti-corruption bill which was the focus of nationwide demonstrations in August that rocked the government, officials said. The proposed law would create a powerful new ombudsman tasked with probing and prosecuting senior politicians and civil servants suspected of graft. The cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the "Lokpal" or ombudsman bill after discussions held in the parliament house, an official said. "The bill will now be introduced in parliament and although the exact date is not clear at this moment it seems it could be tabled (in parliament) on Thursday," a government official who did not want to be named told AFP. "Changes to some of the bill's provisions have been made," State-run television station Doordarshan said "changes to some of the bill's provisions" had been made, wit...

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