New anti-corruption act: Will it be a wake-up call?

By Nusrat Hassan and Yosham Vardhan, DH Law Associates

Corruption is impeding the growth and development of India. The need for an effective institution to tackle corruption allegations against government officials led to the passage of the historic Lokpal bill in 2013, which was notified by the government on 1 January 2014 as the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.

Nusrat Hassan
Nusrat Hassan


In 1966, India’s first Administrative Reforms Commission came up with the idea of having an ombudsman to keep a check on corruption and redress grievances against administration. Since the introduction of the first Lokpal and Lokayuktas bill in 1968, many different versions of the bill have been introduced, with each version lapsing or being withdrawn.

Mass agitation led by Anna Hazare in 2011 acted as a catalyst and the bill has finally become law. The act provides for the establishment of a Lokpal in the centre and Lokayuktas in the states, by 1 January 2015, to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries if the complaint is made within seven years from the date on which the alleged offence was committed.

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Nusrat Hassan is the managing partner and Yosham Vardhan is an associate at DH Law Associates.

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