Patna: Terming the Lokpal Bill approved
by the Union Cabinet as an "eyewash", rights activist Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said it will "patronise" corruption and should
"The Bill approved by the Cabinet is to patronise
corruption and an eyewash and should be withdrawn... it
betrays the aspirations and expectations of people fighting
against corruption," Kejriwal told reporters.
The government, he said, seemed to be in "grip of
"There is no provision in the bill to tackle scandals
like mining, CWG, Adarsh Society, and the cash-for-vote scam.
"Even the Lokpal Selection Committee will have
overwhelming representation by the government with five of the
nine members," Kejriwal, who won the Magsaysay Award in 2006
for activating the Right to Information movement at
He said some "corrupt ministers" prevented the Prime
Minister, who showed inclination to be brought within the
ambit of Lokpal, to be included.
Referring to reports of the government promulgating
prohibitory orders at all important places like Jantar Mantar
and India Gate in New Delhi ahead of protests against the Bill
on August 16 as announced by Gandhian Anna Hazare, Kejriwal
said, "It will be treated as murder of democracy as everybody
has a right to hold a peaceful demonstration.
"We are ready to face any eventuality for holding
protest as the structure of the Bill is wrong. If required we
will go to the Supreme Court."
The Union Cabinet yesterday cleared the much-debated
Lokpal Bill keeping the office of the Prime Minister outside
its purview notwithstanding incumbent Manmohan Singh`s
insistence on subjecting himself to its scrutiny.