Jan Lokpal Bill will have tooth to send corrupt to jail: Hazare
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 23:07
Ahmedabad: Social activist Anna Hazare on Thursday exuded confidence that the Jan Lokpal Bill will have "enough tooth" to send the corrupt to jail.

"The multi-crore scams like Adarsh, CWG are surfacing... but scamsters are not being sent to jail. For sending such scamsters to jail there will be this Jan Lokpal Bill," Hazare said at an event here.

"In the last 62 years, no law has been enacted in the country to put brakes on corruption, which is not good in a law-driven democratic country like India," he said.

"The government was saying why do we need people (civil society) from outside for drafting the bill, I told them they are not outsiders," Hazare said, adding people in democracy are politicians' boss as they vote them to power.

On January 26, 1950, a day when India became sovereign republic, people of the country turned your bosses, Hazare said.

"When I spoke like this the government went silent... In a democratic set up it is necessary to take civil society with you if the nation has to make progress," he said.

If a law is to be enacted then the public must be consulted on it, "like we are doing," Hazare said, adding an effective legislation like the RTI Act came into existence in a similar fashion.

Swami Agnivesh, while sharing dais with Hazare said the Jan Lokpal bill draft is likely to get finalised before June 30.


First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 23:07

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