‘Govt wants to control CBI to arm twist rivals’

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 14:48

New Delhi: Criticising the decision to
exclude CBI from the ambit of RTI, activist Arvind Kejriwal
on Tuesday accused the government of not bringing it under an
independent Lokpal to "arm twist" political leaders opposed to
it.

Ahead of the final meeting of the joint drafting
committee on Lokpal Bill, Kejriwal told reporters that it
appears that whenever the government was in trouble, it will
"send CBI after politicians like Mulayam Singh Yadav and
Mayawati".

"The government is interested in keeping the CBI as a
dishonest agency so that it can arm twist opponents and
scuttle any investigation against their own people," Kejriwal,
who is one of the ten member of the committee, said.
He also noted that CBI does not deal with security and
intelligence and cannot be clubbed with agencies like
Intelligence Bureau or RAW. "RTI Act says security and
intelligence agencies can be kept out," he said.

Asked about the previous meetings of the Lokpal
drafting committee, he said they had a feeling that the
decisions of the government side were "pre-decided".
However, he said, the silver lining was that they were
able to hold a country-wide discussion about Lokpal and its
various provisions.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 14:48

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