Bangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh
Hegde on Friday ruled himself out to be the chairman of the
proposed committee to draft an effective Lokpal bill as
favoured by social activist Anna Hazare, who is on a
fast-unto-death over corruption issue.
Hegde, a former supreme court judge known for his
vigorous campaign against corruption, said former chief
justice of India J S Verma, Hazare`s other choice, would be
the most ideal person for the post.
"No I do not think it will be right for me to chair
the joint committee," Hegde said, noting his role in drafting
the earlier Lokpal bill and supporting Hazare in his fight
against graft might invite allegations of being biased and
"I think Justice J S Verma is the most ideal person to
chair the joint committee," he told PTI here.
Amid the stalemate over his demand for setting up a
joint committee of government and civil society to draft the
Lokpal Bill, Hazare today suggested to the government to
consider the names of Verma or Hegde to head the panel.
Hazare, whose fast entered the fourth day today, has
rejected the government`s suggestion that Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee be the chairman of the committee.
On Hazare`s anti-corruption movement, Hegde said, "I
think it is moving in the right direction. The government has
been offering lame excuses on the issue for the last 40
He said he himself had always spoken against
corruption and backed all actions that could root it out.
Hegde said he had not met Hazare but had known him
through his work and mission.