Intimidation of former judge, activists unfortunate: Jaitley

Defending civil society members in the Lokpal drafting committee including the Karnataka Lokayakta N Santosh Hegde, the BJP on Friday said `intimidation of a former judge or activists is unfortunate`.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 20:13 PM IST

Kolkata: Defending civil society
members in the Lokpal drafting committee including the
Karnataka Lokayakta N Santosh Hegde, the BJP on Friday said
`intimidation of a former judge or activists is unfortunate`.
"Intimidation of activists involved in this entire
movement against corruption and graft and the involvement of
senior ruling party politicians in this exercise doesn`t
speak well either of the UPA or the government," BJP leader
Arun Jaitley said.

"This kind of intimidation process which is going on
either against a former judge or activists is totally
unfortunate," Jaitely told a meet-the-press programme at the
Kolkata Press Club.

Jaitley who did not name Singh was replying to a
question on the Congress general secretary questioning the
role of Hegde to curb corruption in Karnataka and the
controversies arising out of the Lokpal drafting panel.

"The UPA needs to be more responsive to corruption.
It`s no use for letters sent to say we are against smear
campaigns and then have your senior party leader indulging in
it," he said in an apparent reference to Congress President
Sonia Gandhi writing to Anna Hazare.
He refused to comment on the controversial CD
which has purported conversation between lawyer Shanti Bhusan
and expelled SP leader Amar Singh and SP chief Mulayam Singh
Yadav.

Jaitely said "As a Leader of the Opposition I am in
the process of examining all these so-called facts, purported
CDs and other documents. Therefore I am not making a final
comment.

"But I firmly believe that India needs an Ombudsman
against corruption which in popular parlance is called Lokpal.
Government will be well advised to concentrate on how to
fight corruption and not on how to cover up corruption. And,
this Lokpal must be appointed by independent mechanism
and effectively," he said.

PTI