`Changes suggested in Lokpal non-negotiable’

Hardening their stand, Team Anna members today said the four changes suggested by them in the Lokpal Bill were "non-negotiable".

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: Hardening their stand, Team Anna
members today said the four changes suggested by them in the
Lokpal Bill were "non-negotiable" and plans to sit on dharna
outside MPs` houses could be called off only if the government
agreed to amendments in the proposed legislation.

Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan also said a parallel
programme will be held at Ramlila maidan here on December 27,
28 and 29 between 10 am and 6 pm and the proceedings of
Parliament, where the bill will be debated, will be telecast
live.

"The four changes are non-negotiable...for other changes
we can continue our fight later," Bhushan told reporters here.
He said the changes include giving Lokpal an independent
investigative wing or bringing CBI under the administrative
control of the ombudsman. "If Lokpal has an independent
investigative wing, the government can keep control over CBI,"
he said.

Team Anna is also demanding that Lokpal and Lokayuktas
must be able to suo motu initiate own investigations, without
a complaint or reference from anyone.

PTI