Jan Lokpal Authority Of India

Till now it is absolutely clear that the proposed Jan Lokpal Law of India must be Techno Legal in nature. The existing Bills are suffering from many “Deficiencies” and absence of “Techno Legal Aspect” is one of them.

For instance, Technology is the Best Whistleblower and a Jan Lokpal Authority or Law that does not believe in this “Technological Use” is bound to be another Authority with practically little benefits and uses. That is why a Strong and Effective Whistleblowers Protection Law in India is urgently required.

However, I wish to cover another related aspect of the proposed Jan Lokpal Law of India. The “Real Strength” of the proposed Jan Lokpal Law of India would be the “Jan Lokpal Authority of India”. If we have a Weak or Ineffective Jan Lokpal Authority in India, the proposed Law cannot serve its purpose.

The first aspect that must be resolved is what should be the “Composition” of the proposed Jan Lokpal Authority of India. I believe that the composition of the proposed Jan Lokpal Authority of India must essentially involve Experts representing fields like Judicial, Legal, Technological, Social Justice, etc.

No matter how many Experts from each field are made part of the Authority, the Authority must be Techno Legal in nature. Preference must be given to Experts who have knowledge of both Technical and Legal aspects.

Another aspect that needs to be considered is the “Nature” of such Authority. Should such authority be a “Constitutional Authority” or can it be a “Statutory Body” under the proposed Jan Lokpal Law of India? If it is a Constitutional Body, what additional efforts we need to make to make it “Functional” immediately? If it is a Statutory Body, it can be Constituted along with the passing of the Jan Lokpal Law of India.

These issues require immediate deliberations before the Parliamentary Standing Committee and they must be resolved while passing the Jan Lokpal Law of India by the Parliament.