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Constitutional Lokpal a delaying tactic: Team Anna

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:26

New Delhi: Questioning government`s move to
make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority, Team Anna on Wednesday said it was a tactic to delay or avoid its passage and "fool"
the people.

"If government is serious on Lokpal, it should first pass
the bill by Winter Session. Constitutional status is a sure
means to delay or avoid the passage of the bill," activist
Kiran Bedi said.

Bedi was responding to Law Minister Salman Khurshid`s
revelation last night that government
intends to make the Lokpal a Constitutional authority which
will be "more powerful" than the Election Commission".

For this purpose, he said a Constitutional amendment bill
is to be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament
starting next month and the Lokpal legislation is expected to
be approved in the same session.

Bedi said the plans to make Lokpal a Constitutional
authority was like "putting the cart before the horse. It`s
like, no bread (but) keep waiting for the illusionary cake.
Who are they fooling?"

The move for a Constitutional body is a follow-up to the
proposal made by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi at last
month`s Lok Sabha debate on Lokpal.


First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 11:26

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