New Delhi: Sticking to his stand of
excluding the Prime Minister from the ambit of the Lokpal,
Union Minister and a key member of the joint drafting
committee Kapil Sibal on Thursday said an accountable ombudsman
could destabilise democracy.
An independent "non-angelic" Jan Lokpal could
destabilise the entire system as the office of the Prime
Minister is the "lynch-pin" of the country`s Parliamentary
democracy, Sibal said in an article in the latest issue of
party mouthpiece "Congress Sandesh."
"Given the nature of our polity, quick fire
unsubstantiated allegations made for political mileage are
likely to paralyse institutions... Such an eventuality will
diminish Parliamentary democracy," Sibal said.
The minister argued that given an unstable
neighbourhood and terrorism being a real threat, weakening the
institution of the Prime Minister would be a "monumental
Incidentally, the article has come at a time when
team Anna Hazare has started a campaign to solicit public
opinion on the Jan Lokpal bill from Chandni Chowk, the
parliamentary constituency of Sibal, who is a member of the
Joint Committee to prepare the draft of Lokpal Bill.
Sibal, who invited the ire of the civil society over
the issue, warned that "in the scheme of things, an elected
Lokpal, who is not accountable is an anathema to our concept
of Parliamentary democracy."
The minister also disfavoured bringing higher
judiciary as well as the conduct of MPs inside Parliament
under the ambit of Lokpal.
In the editorial, the mouthpiece says, "the
institution of Lokpal has to work in harmony with other
institutions and laws and it has to function within the
framework of the basic structure of our Constitution.
Noting that the government is committed to introducing
the Lokpal bill in the coming session of Parliament, the party
editorial hoped the measure would be cleared by the winter