Chandigarh: The Left on Thursday demanded that the government introduce a "strong" Lokpal bill with the Prime Minister under its ambit in the upcoming Parliament session.
"The UPA government must bring a strong Lokpal bill in
the session from August one and the Prime Minister must be
under its ambit," CPI(M) Secretary Parkash Karat told
"The Left is of a strong opinion that the Prime
Minister must be under the Lokpal," he said.
He said the Lokpal drafts presented in parliament in
1989, 1996, 1998 and 2001 had included the Prime Minister.
Questioning why the UPA government was shying away
from bringing the Prime Minister under the anti-graft bill,
Karat said, "The Prime Minister is under the ambit of
Prevention of Corruption Act... so he should be brought under
the Lok Pal bill as well."
He, however, said that higher judiciary -- judges of
Supreme Court and High Court-- should be kept out of the
Stating that corruption "exists" in judiciary as well,
he mooted setting up of National Judicial commission to check
On the cash-for-vote scam, he alleged that as many as
19 MPs were bribed after the Left withdrew support to the
Congress-led UPA in 2008.
Karat said that the Delhi Police should not confine
its investigations to the three BJP MPs, who had made the
allegation, rather it should probe the role of all the 19 MPs.