Santosh Hegde supporters appeal to him not to quit panel

Members of civil society Friday appealed to the Lokayukta Santosh Hegde not to quit the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 15:18 PM IST

Bangalore: Members of civil society Friday appealed to the Lokayukta Santosh Hegde not to quit the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill.

An upset Hegde who had been put off by the vilification
campaign and remarks against him, had yesterday said that he
was reconsidering his decision on being on the panel and would
take a decision after discussing it with his colleagues.
Hegde`s supporters, who included members of the civil
society and organisations, today came out and held placards
and appealed to the Lokayukta not to withdraw from the panel.

His supporters said his presence was required as he had
vast expertise on the law front and was well acquainted with
the nitty-gritty of handling corruption. They urged him to
continue in the panel and to be part of the anti-corruption
crusade.

JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy also extended his support and
asked him not to resign in "national interest". He urged the
Lokayukta not to take decisions owing to a statement made by a
political leader, apparently referring to Congress leader
Digvijay Singh`s attack on him (Hegde) that he was not acting
against corruption in Karnataka.

PTI