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Lokpal bill is not yet ready, says Veerappa Moily

New Delhi: Government on Friday said the Lokpal bill was not yet ready and it was open to fresh suggestions from civil society before sending the bill to the drafting table.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily also said the government would start drafting the bill after getting a feedback from political parties and chief ministers.

"Yes, you can say that the government draft of the Lokpal bill is not ready. What we have is the draft of the government representatives in the joint drafting committee," Moily told reporters here.

He was asked whether the `official` government draft bill on Lokpal was ready.

He said both versions of the draft bill – one prepared by the government representatives and the other by Anna Hazare-led civil society – "could" be placed before political parties on July 3.

The government may send the two versions to the chief ministers to elicit their views.

He agreed to suggestions that government and the Hazare team could interact on the issue of the draft bill through e mail.

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