Union law minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday the government was considering to accord constitutional status to the Lokpal, a suggestion mooted by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi during a debate in Parliament over the issue.
Sources said former Chief Justices of India J. S. Verma and M. N. Venkatachaliah, who back a constitutional status for Lokpal are expected to put up their suggestions before the standing committee on Thursday.
The BJP and Team Anna said the proposal to make Lokpal a constitutional body is a diversionary tactic, as the Congress-led government is not serious about establishing a strong and effective ombudsman.
But, senior Congress leaders said the government is committed to bring the Bill in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament.
A senior Congress leader said the Bill to accord constitutional status to Lokpal will need a Constitution amendment but if all parties agree to it, the process will not take long. After the standing committee clears the Bill, the Union cabinet has to approve the draft legislation.