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Lokpal: Investigators to have access to all docs

Seeking to dispel suggestions that the proposed Lokpal won`t be able to probe 2G-like scams, government has indicated that investigators would have access to all relevant documents but the PM would not be a subject of the inquiry.



New Delhi: Seeking to dispel suggestions
that the proposed Lokpal won`t be able to probe 2G-like scams,
government has indicated that investigators would have access
to all relevant documents but the Prime Minister would not be
a subject of the inquiry.

"Nobody has said that the papers will not be
available. Nobody has said that there will be a vast area of
ambiguity. All we said that the Prime Minister will not be a
subject of an inquiry," Law Minister Salman Khursheed told
a news channel in an interview.

He made it clear that there was no immunity to the
Prime Minister from facing a probe but only postponing such
action till he is in office.

"...here there is no immunity. This is only postponing
for a particular period your right to inquire. Meanwhile, the
Prime Minister remains susceptible to any action of normal
laws of the country," Khursheed said.

He said the decision to keep the Prime Minister
outside the ambit of the Lokpal was taken after factoring in
various arguments.

"I do believe and so do most of us that the Prime
Minister`s position in this country as the top executive
functionary is so much dependant in terms of national
security, in terms of international relations and in terms of
pivotal decisions that if you want to bring a big question
mark on that office during the tenure of the person in that
office, then you want to hurt your country," Khursheed said.

PTI

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