Khurshid rules out changes in Lokpal committee

Union Minister Salman Khurshid ruled out any changes in the panel and said the government is looking forward to receiving inputs from Justice Santosh Hegde on the bill.

Last Updated: Apr 23, 2011, 13:58 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid roiling controversy over
Lokpal Bill drafting committee members, Union Minister Salman
Khurshid today ruled out any changes in the panel and said the
government is looking forward to receiving inputs from Justice
Santosh Hegde on the bill.

"I value his (Hegde) contributions enormously and hold
high respect for him. I hope he will be able to be with us. We
want his contributions. We (government) are looking forward to
having his inputs and we sincerely hope so," Khurshid, who is
a part of the 10-member committee, told reporters here.

Replying to a question whether there would be changes
in the committee, he said "there is no question of changing
the committee members."

Upset over "vilification campaign", Karnataka
Lokayukta Justice Hegde, had said in Bangalore that he was
thinking of resigning but he would consult his colleagues in
the anti-corruption movement in Delhi and take a decision on
the issue today.

He was angry that Congress General Secretary Digvijay
Singh had attacked him that he was protecting Karnataka Chief
Minister from corruption charges.

"Let us examine the bill on its merit, rather than
discussing the characters of people," Khurshid said on the
sidelines of a function.

About allegations on Hegde, he said, "We are neither
endorsing anyone nor speaking against anyone. We are not
concerned about anything beyond the committee."

Khurshid said, "I, alongwith other nine colleagues are
concerned about forming a good bill...we will not be
distracted by any controversies or claims outside the
committee. These are independent matters (the Bhushan
CD-controversy) and apart from what we are doing in the
committee."

Asked about Uttar Pradesh Mayawati`s demand for
inclusion of an "apolitical scheduled caste member" in the
committee, he said, "we should trust the ten members. Let them
present their product...we should give them a chance. After
the product comes out, we can see and examine it and put forth
our objections if any."

PTI