SC to examine validity of Lokpal committee

New Delhi: A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia will on Friday hear a bunch of PILs challenging the constitutional validity of the notification on the constitution of a committee to draft the Jan Lokpal bill.

The apex court will examine the constitutional vires of the April 8 notification issued by the Centre constituting the committee involving the civil society members following public pressure led by Anna Hazare.

Besides the CJI, the other judges on the bench are justices K S Radhakrishnan and Swatanter Kumar.

The PILs have stated that the Lokpal cannot act as a watchdog over the judiciary as it would be unconstitutional and against the basic structure of the Constitution.

Among the petitions listed before the bench, Mahan Dal, which claims to be a political party in Haryana, submitted a bill of vital national importance cannot be drafted in haste or under pressure from Anna Hazare and others as it would set a bad precedent.

"Whether a decision affecting the whole of the nation can be taken so suddenly without having a public debate on such a national issue of great public importance?

"Whether the government could take an action under the threat or pressure from one of the citizens of the country and whether this would not create a bad precedent for future?

"Ultimately the government succumbed to the pressure of Anna Hazare and hurriedly came out with a resolution on April 8 2011," counsel R K Kapoor said in the petition.