December 29th, 2011
01:34 AM ET

India's upper house tackles anti-graft bill

India's upper house of parliament on Thursday took up a landmark bill to create an independent anti-graft watchdog agency.

The scheduled vote in the Rajya Sabha comes two days after the legislation passed the Lok Sabha or lower house of parliament.

To become law, the anti-corruption bill has to be approved by both chambers with a majority vote.

The legislation proposes a nine-member citizen ombudsman or Lokpal panel that would serve as a watchdog and have the power to prosecute politicians for corruption.

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  1. Hugh Jass

    "The legislation proposes a nine-member citizen ombudsman or Lokpal panel that would serve as a watchdog and have the power to prosecute politicians for corruption."

    Unless the said politicians shower them with gifts.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    INDIAN REPUBLICANS WILL ARGUE AND FIGHT AND IT MIGHT NOT PASS.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |