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Lokpal Bill should be given more teeth, says Ramdev

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday appealed to the government to arm the Jan Lokpal bill with more power to punish the corrupt, saying it should not go the way of Lokayukta Act which he described as toothless.



Bangalore: Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday
appealed to the government to arm the Jan Lokpal bill with
more power to punish the corrupt, saying it should not go the
way of Lokayukta Act which he described as toothless.

The bill, which is an important step to root out corruption
should not go the way of Lokayukta Act, which is toothless,
Ramdev told reporters here.
"With all due respect to Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde,
he cannot take any big step against the Chief Minister and
even the officers who have been indicted by the Lokayukta
and suspended are later reinstated", he said.

The Lokpal should enjoy autonomous status like Supreme
Court and help anyone file an FIR against the corrupt, he
said.

The Prime Minister must be brought under ambit of the
legislation and it should have provisions for recovery of
unaccountable income and assets of the corrupt irrespective of
their position and those found guilty should be punished with
life imprisonment or death penalty, he said.

Refusing to be drawn into a controversy on the committee
set up to draft the Jan Lok Pal Bill, he said "it is a long
and sustained struggle against corruption. I do not want this
struggle to get derailed by making some comments. I reserve
my comments for the time being and only want the committee to
work in the right direction".
On his reported tiff with Anna Hazare, Ramdev said he
always respected Hazare as an "elderly and a right thinking
person". "There is mutual trust between us. I hope the trust
always remains".

Ramdev said he would launch a nationwide agitation through
his Bharat Swabhiman Movement from June one demanding
withdrawal of higher denomination of currency to check
circulation of black money.

He wanted the government to make it mandatory for those who
have money parked in foreign banks to declare them and also to
close the Mauritius route, which is a haven for tax evaders.

PTI

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