The National Executive reconstituted the Internal Lokpal panel following the completion of the term of the previous panel which was headed by Admiral L Ramdas.
The new Lokpal panel of the Aam Aadmi Party comprises of :
i) Rakesh Kr Sinha (Former DIG CISF and a High Court lawyer)
ii) Dr SP Verma (Educationist)
Functioning of Internal Lokpal in Aam Aadmi Party
Introduction : The Internal Lokpal is a Committee consisting up to maximum three Members appointed as per the provision of Art VI (D)(V) of the Constitution of Aam Aadmi Party. The Lokpal would adjudicate a matter brought before it unanimously as far as possible. In case of any difference of opinion, the majority view shall prevail.
Jurisdiction : (i) Original Jurisdiction
The Lokpal will investigate the charges regarding the violation of the code of conduct, as given in the Aam Aadmi Party Constitution at Art VI (A) in respect of the Members of National Executive /Parliament/Legislative Assembly/ Council of Ministry in the State/Central Government or any other Office Bearer of the Aam Aadmi Party. Such complaints would be forwarded to the Lokpal by the National Secretariat of the Aam Aadmi Party.
(ii) Appellate Jurisdictions
Any person aggrieved by the orders of the National Disciplinary Committee or the State Lokayukt can prefer an appeal to Lokpal against the impugned order within 30 days of passing of such order. Such appeal would be made by the aggrieved person directly to the Lokpal and the same need not be routed through the National Secretariat of the Aam Aadmi Party.
(iii) Miscellaneous Jurisdiction
The Lokpal may be called upon by the National Executive to investigate any matter, if so required or it may take Suo-Moto cognizance of any subject pertaining to misconduct/ corruption etc coming to its knowledge and start investigations against such member/s of the party as mentioned at sub-para (i) above.
Procedure for Receipt and Disposal of Complaint
1. As regards the original jurisdiction, the National Secretary or any other State Secretary, as the case may be, would forward under his signature the complaint along-with evidences etc. to the Lokpal. The complaint should be either in Hindi or English language. If the matter is in some other vernacular language, then its English Translation should be given along-with. If there is any audio or video clippings to be used as evidence, then its transcript may also be provided along-with such clippings.
2. All these complaints will be under the custody of a Secretary to Lokpal to be appointed for that purpose. The Secretary would assist the Lokpal in its functioning.
3. The statements in the process of enquiry will be deposed before the Lokpal and signed by the deponent. The evidences will be produced by the complainants supported by an affidavit as par the format given hereunder.
4. An aggrieved person preferring an appeal against the orders of National Disciplinary Committee / State Lokayukta would file an appeal as per the format enclosed. He would enclose the copy of impugned order appealed against and the evidences supported by an affidavit as per the enclosed format. No new evidence would be permitted without the permission of the Lokpal at the appellate stage.
Hqrs. of Lokpal
The Lokpal would function from the Aam Aadmi Party’s Hqrs. at 28/8,East Patel Nagar, New Delhi-08 or any other office in Delhi if so found to be convenient to all the parties concerned of a matter. The Lokpal may decide to hold its sitting anywhere and visit any spot in India, if so required, during the course of an enquiry and in the interest of justice. All complaints will be addressed to Secretary to Lokpal, Aam Aadmi Party, 28/8 East Patel Nagar, New Delhi -08 or emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Orders of Lokpal
The decision /orders of Lokpal shall be final and binding on Aam Aadmi Party and will be implemented forthwith. However, a Review Petition can be filed with the Lokpal against its previous order.