Bring PM, judiciary under ambit of Lokpal Bill: Kiran Bedi

Anti-corruption activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said the offices of the prime minister and higher judiciary should be brought under ambit of the Lokpal Bill.

Vadodara: Anti-corruption activist and
former IPS officer Kiran Bedi has said the offices of the
prime minister and higher judiciary should be brought under
ambit of the Lokpal Bill.

She said the government had rushed with the first
draft of the bill ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s
participation in the G-20 summit in Seoul last year in order
to present a "clean image" of the country. "This just reflects
the government`s indifference," she added.
"The government`s first draft was clearly ineffective.
Bureaucrats who are among the most corrupt were excluded.
Enquiry couldn`t be initiated till chairperson in Rajya Sabha
and Speaker in the Lok Sabha gave clearance," Bedi added.

Under the convention, the country will have to draft
the bill and present it before the next G20 summit. And we
want proper drafting of the bill which should include prime
minister and judiciary, Bedi said while addressing a meeting
of the Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) here last night.

Bedi asked Chief Minister Narendra Modi to appoint a
Lokayukta. "Why does the chief minister Narendra Modi not
appoint a Lokayukta in Gujarat when he is getting MoUs
involving investment of lakhs of crores of rupees in the
state," she said.
Bedi said she was surprised over the silence
maintained by various trade and industries bodies including
FICCI, CII and others over the passage Lokpal bill.

Bedi said the differences over bringing PM and judiciary
under the ambit of the bill will be sorted out and draft bill
ready by June 30.

"We want effective anti-corruption authority on the
lines of US, Singapore, Germany and other countries and
drafting of Jan Lokpal Bill be on those lines", she said

While criticising the functioning of CBI, CVC and other
government bodies, Bedi said there was a need for an
independent panel to fight "the plague of corruption" in the
country.

"CVC is handicapped, CBI is dependent and controlled by
political powers. There is nobody to monitor the judiciary as
well. So, whom do we look up to fight this plague of
corruption," she said.

She suggested of appointing five to six Lokpals to
look into corruption charges levelled against the judiciary
besides framing strict conditions for appointment of the
independent ombudsman.

Bedi said Lokpals should not be appointed as governors or
similar positions after expiry of their term so as to keep
them free from any bias.

Bedi also demanded creation of a three-figure
nationwide service on the lines of police control numbers for
lodging complaints related to corruption.

PTI

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