Jan Lokpal needs serious debate in Parl: Tharoor

Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 20:36

Bangalore: Raising questions about Team
Anna`s Jan Lokpal Bill, former union minister Sashi Tharoor
on Saturday said a serious debate was needed in Parliament when the
proposed legislation comes up before it.

"At the moment, in their (Team Anna) draft it looks like a
supra-institution which is a law unto itself. All the powers -
power to investigate, prosecute and punish - are vested in
one person," he said on the sidelines of a function here.

Tharoor, however, appreciated Anna Hazare for creating
social awakening about corruption. "I am pleased about Anna
Hazare for creating social awakening about corruption, but the
specific details of Jan Lokpal Bill... I am not cent per cent
convinced...," he said.

It has "serious dangers" that needed to be examined by the
Standing Committee and Parliament, the Congress MP said adding
Team Anna`s Jan Lokpal does very little to tackle small-ticket
corruption faced by ordinary people on day-to-day basis.

"Big-ticket corruption is not the only kind of corruption
in the country. We need to do a great deal to tackle
corruption at the top and the bottom levels," he added.

On Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh`s remarks that
the anti-corruption stir by Hazare and yoga guru Baba Ramdev
were part of an over-all plan of RSS-BJP to divert attention
from Sangh`s "terror links, Tharoor said he would not accuse
any body (Team Anna).

"Ours is a big country and we cannot be a one-issue
country. We should be able to address number of other issues.
So I am not going to accuse anybody (Team Anna) of diverting
people`s attention," he said.

On senior BJP leaders LK Advani`s Jan Chetana Yatra, he
said it had failed to contribute to the process of
investigating corruption and punishing wrongdoers.

"Seizing an opportunity of a political mood and mounting on
a yatra is job of a politician, but I don`t see Advani`s yatra
checking corruption," Tharoor said.


First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 20:36
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