Hegde to decide on quitting Lokpal panel

Hegde had threatened to quit following "vilification" campaign against civil society activists.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, who is one of the five representatives from the civil society on the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee, will on Saturday take a call on his continuance in the panel.

Hegde is under pressure from the civil society not to quit the panel on Lokpal Bill.

“I will announce my decision tomorrow,” Hegde said on Friday, a day after he threatened to quit the panel upset over the “continuous and day-to-day vilification” campaign against civil society activists who are members of the committee.

Hegde said, “I will discuss the issue with my colleagues and then announce my decision in the evening.”

Asked about AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh reportedly saying sorry for his remarks against him if it had hurt him, Hegde refused to react, saying he was yet to read it.

On the demand for him to continue on the panel, Hedge said, “Yes, I know there is demand for me to continue. My phone has been ringing since early morning and I have had so many people coming over to request the same. But I will speak after my interaction with my colleagues in Delhi.”

Meanwhile, members of the civil society on Friday came out in support of Hegde continuing on the panel. The supporters holding placards urged the Lokayukta not to quit. They said his presence was vital as he was aware about the legal procedure and nitty-gritty of combating corruption.

(With PTI inputs)

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