HC dismisses plea for Hazare`s ouster from Lokpal Bill panel

The High Court turned down the plea saying that the suitability of the persons on the panel could not be a matter of judicial review and did not warrant any interference from judiciary.

Updated: May 02, 2011, 17:20 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today
dismissed a plea for removal of activist Anna Hazare from the
Lokpal Bill drafting committee on ground of alleged corruption
in one of his trusts, saying setting up of the panel was in
the executive`s exclusive domain.

A division bench of Chief Justice Deepak Misra and
Justice Sanjiv Khanna turned down the plea saying that the
suitability of the persons on the panel could not be a matter
of judicial review and did not warrant any interference from
judiciary.

"It is a resolution passed by the Ministry of Law and
Justice for drafting a bill. It can be treated as an internal
matter of the executive and exclusively in the domain of the
executive," the bench said.

"The suitability of the persons, we are disposed to
think, cannot be a matter of judicial review.

"We don`t perceive any public interest involved in
this petition. Accordingly, the writ petition does not deserve
to be entertained and the same stands dismissed," the bench
said.
The petition seeking ouster of Hazare, 71, was filed
by a civil society organisation Jan Shakti, alleging
corruption in the administration of his Hind Swaraj Trust.

PTI