Lokpal Bill in present form not acceptable: CPI-M

CPI-M slammed the Lokpal Bill approved by the Union Cabinet, describing it as `toothless`.

Updated: Jul 29, 2011, 17:55 PM IST

Thalassery: CPI-M on Friday slammed the
Lokpal Bill approved by the Union Cabinet, describing it as
`toothless` and said it was not going to serve the purpose of
fighting corruption, maintaining that the bill without
including Prime Minister in its ambit, was unacceptable.

The bill was a "betrayal" by Congress on its own
commitment to bring in an effective Lokpal Bill to fight
corruption, he said, adding, the Left would step up its
agitation for an effective Lokpal Bill.

"The bill is toothless and not an effective one to check
graft cases," he said after inaugurating the birth centenary
celebrations of veteran communist leader late CH Kanaran
here.

He said that there was no basis for the argument of some
union ministers that once the bill was introduced in
Parliament, it becomes a `property` of Parliament and
agitation against it (bill) would be a stir against it.

Criticising the Congress for excluding the Prime Minister
from the purview of the Lokpal bill, Karat said that party had
put forward the argument that including the Prime Minister
would affect the stability of the government if any charges
were made against him.

Countering the argument, Karat said even now Prime
Minister was not immune to prosecution for corruption. The
Prime Minister could be prosecuted under Prevention of
Corruption Act, he pointed out.

Karat said Congress was ready to include Prime Minister
in the ambit of Lokpal Bill when non-Congress governments were
in power at the Centre in 1980, 1990 and 2001. But, now they
were opposing it, he said.

PTI