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Ram Jethmalani supports Baba Ramdev`s proposed fast

Last Updated: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 18:50

Srinagar: Noted lawyer and BJP MP Ram
Jethmalani on Thursday supported Baba Ramdev`s proposed fast against
corruption and black money stashed abroad, saying the Yoga
guru is fighting for the restoration of the country`s "stolen

"What Baba Ramdev is fighting for is restoration of
the stolen property of the entire Indian nation including the
property in which a part belongs to the people of Jammu and
Kashmir. So, therefore, I think Baba Ramdev requires the help
and support of every citizen," Jethmalani told reporters here.
Jethmalani, who heads the revived Kashmir Committee,
arrived here along with other members of the panel and had a
closed-door meeting with hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali
Shah Geelani.

Jethmalani said he will also join Baba Ramdev`s fast
against corruption after his return from Kashmir.

"I am his follower and he is my friend. I am here till
June 6, if his campaign will continue till then I will meet
him and sit with him," Jethmalani said.

The noted jurist said he has full of sympathy for the
anti-corruption mission of the Yoga guru, who has planned to
go on fast from June 4.

"I am one of his fans and followers and fully in
sympathy with what Baba Ramdev is doing," he said.

He also supported Baba Ramdev`s demand for inclusion
of Prime Minister and the Chief Justice of India under the
ambit of the Lokpal bill.

"They should be included, provided Lokpal is somebody
appointed with the consent of the whole nation," Jethmalani
He, however, said that the Lokpal bill is not a
solution in itself.

"It is a means of solving a problem, so the fight over
the Lokpal bill is unnecessarily prolonging. They should
accept that everybody shall be subject to the jurisdiction of
the Lokpal," he said.

He said Lokpal should have the confidence of the
entire nation.

"All that I want is that the Lokpal hismelf must be a
person who enjoys the confidence of the entire nation.
Government cannot appoint a Lokpal who will sit in judgement
over a Prime Minister... Ye to bewkufi ki baat hai (This is
foolish talk)," he said.

Jethmalani said the most important part of the Lokpal
bill is the method of the selection of the Lokpal.


First Published: Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 18:50

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