PM should come under the ambit of Lokpal: Hegde

Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde has said that the Prime Minister should come under the purview of the anti-corruption measure, allowing the Ombudsman to investigate him if needed.

Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 18:14 PM IST

Mangalore: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh
Hegde, who is member of the newly-appointed joint committee on
Lokpal Bill, has said that the Prime Minister should come
under the purview of the anti-corruption measure, allowing the
Ombudsman to investigate him if needed.

"The Prime Minister should be included in the Lokpal
Bill and subjected to, if need be, to an investigation by the
Lokpal," Hegde, a former Supreme Court judge known for his
vigorous campaign against corruption, said.
"I don`t find any reason why the Prime Minister should
not be included. Therefore, that issue is no more a
contentious issue," he said yesterday.
Hegde, whose name was proposed by Gandhian Anna Hazare
and his supporters to the government for the ten-member
committee on Lokpal Bill, was part of the panel which had
earlier given a draft of their version of the Bill.

PTI