Lucknow, Apr 20 (ANI): The Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre on a writ petition filed by advocate Asok Pande and social activist Nutan Thakur challenging the resolution issued by the government to constitute a Joint Committee on the Lokpal Bill.
A bench comprising Chief Justice F I Rebello and Justice Devendra Kumar Arora, which passed the order, directed the Attorney General to file a reply in three weeks.
The court has fixed May 16 as the next date of hearing in the case.
The government agreed to set up a joint committee for drafting an effective Lokpal Bill on April 8 following veteran social activist Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death campaigning for a comprehensive Lokpal Bill
The notification by the Ministry of Law and Justice said the Joint Drafting Committee to prepare a draft of the Lok Pal Bill will have five ministers from the government and five nominees of Hazare, including himself.
The five Ministers are Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Chairperson, Home Minister P Chidamabaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily (Convenor), HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Water Resources Minister Salman Khurshid.
The civil society will be represented by Hazare, former Supreme Court judge N Santosh Hegde, former Law Minister Shanti Bhushan (Co-Chairperson), lawyer Prashant Bhushan and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal.
The notification said the Joint Drafting Committee will commence work forthwith evolving its own procedure to prepare the proposed legislation. The committee shall complete its work latest by June 30. (ANI)