Kiran Bedi says third phase of stir inevitable

Strongly advocating bringing CBI under the ambit of the Lokpal bill, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Saturday alleged the agency was not independent.

Chennai: Strongly advocating bringing CBI under the ambit of the Lokpal bill, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Saturday alleged the agency was not independent and said a third phase of agitation by the civil society on the anti-graft legislation was `inevitable`.
CBI officials were appointed by the government and could be
removed by it. They were investigating the government. "Isn`t
there a conflict of interest?..That`s why it took so long (to
file cases) in 2G, Commonwealth (scams)," the former IPS
officer said at the India Today Youth Summit here.

"Many policy decisions go to the PMO`s door step..This CBI
is not independent," she said adding "I think the third phase
of agitation is inevitable."

Bedi also pitched for doing away with preliminary probe in
corruption cases where evidence was available and cited the
instance of former telecom minister Sukh Ram, from whose
residence huge amount of cash was seized.
Asked why Team Anna has not compromised on certain
provisions of the government proposed Lokpal bill, she said,
"Is there a compromise in shedding corruption? What is the
kind of compromise we are looking at? So what do you want
status quo or change?"

Referring to Parliamentarians, she said, "Do you know more
than 70 people in the Lok Sabha have criminal records? It is
110 people, if you combine Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha".

PTI

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