Allegations should not win, honesty should: Kiran Bedi

Amid raging controversy over some of Lokpal Bill drafting committee`s civil society members, Gandhian Anna Hazare`s close aide Kiran Bedi said that it was the collective responsibility of all citizens to see that truth prevails.

Chandigarh: Amid raging controversy over
some of Lokpal Bill drafting committee`s civil society
members, Gandhian Anna Hazare`s close aide Kiran Bedi on Saturday said that it was the collective responsibility of all citizens
including the media to see that "allegations don`t win" at
this juncture and truth and honesty prevails.

"Truth and honesty should win. At this juncture,
allegations should not win and it is our collective
responsibility to ensure that," said Bedi, who was at the
forefront of the Hazare agitation, told reporters at Punjab
University here on the sidelines of a book release function.

She also put the onus on the media to see what things
should be given prominence at this stage.
"It is up to you to decide whose lie you should make
your headlines and whose you should not. And whom you give
space and whom you don`t. Try to understand what I am trying
to say," the country`s first woman IPS officer said.

She was replying to questions on the controversies
surrounding civil society members of the committee drafting
Lokpal Bill.
On Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s statement that
the government was looking forward to enacting a strong
anti-corruption legislation, Bedi said that it had come as a
"big relief".

After Mukherjee`s statement Karnataka Lokayukta former
Justice Santosh Hegde today indicated that he may not resign
from the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill.

To a question, Bedi said that "if we keep moving forward
in a single direction and if we don`t divert, I think the Bill
should be ready on time. Which is why I keep saying that we
have to bear in mind and understand which things deserve to be
given importance at this stage".

"It is in your (media`s )hands. (The fight against
corruption) is a national movement. Now it is up to you in
media to decide what things you give importance to.

Please understand this Lokpal legislation is not coming
for Anna Hazare or the Bhushans, but for every citizen. For
the past one year, Bhushans, Justice Hegde and Arvind Kejriwal
have been into this. They have held numerous meetings,
workshops and seminars and sought suggestions from people,"
she said.

She said the draft was not a final or a closed document.

"Tomorrow, we are going to hold a big seminar in which
Loksatta party`s Jaiprakash from Andhra Pradesh will be there.
All these things will be discussed," she said.

PTI

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