`Lokpal should have power to remove judges`

Prashant Bhushan, eminent lawyer and a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, on Saturday said that the proposed anti-graft legislation should cover judiciary too.

Last Updated: May 14, 2011, 20:24 PM IST

Indore: Prashant Bhushan, eminent lawyer and
a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, on Saturday said
that the proposed anti-graft legislation should cover
judiciary too.
"Judiciary should come under the Lokpal legislation`s
ambit. Some people in the judiciary are averse to this and
want that Lokpal should have no role in probing corruption
charges against judges," Bhushan, who was in the town today,
told reporters.

"The Lokpal could even be empowered to remove the judges
for misconduct. However, such provision is not in the proposed
bill right now. This issue might be discussed in future,"
Bhushan said.

He said that the proposed bill had a provision of
petitioning the Supreme Court against Lokpal.
"We are going to propose that the corruption complaints
against the machinery below the Lokpal be probed by
independent authorities, which would be in no way connected to
the Lokpal or the government," he said.

Asked about the recent allegations against him and his
father with regard allotment of a plot, Bhushan refused to
comment.

PTI