Pt Nehru wanted to create Lokpal: Former EC
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 14:58
New Delhi: Country's first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was interested in setting up an independent body to check corruption, former Election Commissioner G V G Krishnamurthy said on Sunday.

The issue of creating an ombudsman to fight graft had come up for discussions at 3rd All India Law Conference at instance of Nehru in 1962.

"The issue of appointing ombudsman was introduced following a suggestion by Nehru and the modalities with regard to such an office were discussed at this conference.

"The session on ombudsman was presided over by M C Setalvad, the celebrated Attorney General of that time, and it was unanimously resolved and adopted that an ombudsman be appointed to deal with charges of corruption at both political and official levels," Krishnamurthy told PTI in an interview.

The details and specific provisions for such a bill were expected to be discussed and suggestions were to be made for a debate on the measure so that it could be considered for introduction in Parliament by the government, he said.

However, soon after that the whole attention of the government was diverted towards Sino-India war that broke out in 1962, and the bill could not be introduced, he said, maintaining that after Nehru's death, the issue lost attention.

Krishnamurthy, who was Election Commissioner between 1993 and 1999, had presented a paper at the law conference held from August 12-14, 1962, at Vigyan Bhawan here and was chaired by the late Prime Minister and attended by 1,500 delegates including the then Chief Justice of India, Justice B P Sinha.


First Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 14:58

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