Activist demands tainted members of Lokpal committee step down

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

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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