Activist demands tainted members of Lokpal committee step down
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 19:25
New Delhi: Leading NGO activist Omkar Razdan, who was hospitalised while taking part in the fast-unto-death protest along with Anna Hazare, today said the father-son duo of Shanti and Prashant Bhushan "will kill" the Hazare movement if they do not step down from the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill.

Razdan, who is associated with NGO Nyaya Bhoomi and Transparency International, said the Bhushans and three others in the joint committee from the civil society need to be above all suspicion.

His remarks come against the backdrop of allegations levelled against joint committee members Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan in the CD controversy and land allotment in Noida.

The movement of Hazare will be killed if they (Bhushans) do not step down, he said adding there has has been no "incontrovertible defence" offered by Bhushans against the CD in circulation and now the land deals.

"Why don't they rise above themselves?...The emotional obsession for Bhushans should cease here and now," he said.

"Are we saying that in our country of one billion, there is no other human who can replace the Bhushans...The Hazare movement will not be diluted if a member who is under a cloud is out. But it will indeed be scarred if one such member is in," Razdan said.

He said that no effort or argument was spared to derail the joint committee involved in drafting the legislation within a time-frame.

"Indeed the date, if adhered to, will be a day of liberation from corruption. Even granted that some panel members are tainted with allegations, they should voluntarily ease themselves out and make Hazare's steep climb less painful and result oriented," Razdan, a former Director General of Air Force Works, said.

He said Hazare cannot sail smoothly in an environment where "corrupt politicians and bureaucrats" have amassed "mountains of wealth".


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 19:25

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