Santosh Hegde unlikely to quit Lokpal panel
New Delhi: Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde, who is set to take a call on Saturday on his continuance in the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee, has dropped hints that he might not quit the panel.
Speaking to reporters after arriving in Delhi today, Hegde - who is one of the five representatives from the civil society on the panel - said committee chairman and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has asked him to continue.
Hegde is under pressure from the civil society not to quit the panel on Lokpal Bill and had yesterday said he would take the final decision after meeting civil society activists, including Anna Hazare.
Hegde had on Thursday threatened to quit the panel as he was upset over the “continuous and day-to-day vilification” campaign against civil society activists who are members of the committee.
After landing in Delhi, Hegde said he has come with an open mind and will agree to whatever Anna Hazare says, as he was committed to the Lokpal Bill.
Earlier, on being asked about AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh reportedly saying sorry for his remarks against him if it had hurt him, Hegde refused to react, saying he was yet to read it.
Meanwhile, members of the civil society on Friday came out in support of Hegde continuing on the panel. The supporters holding placards urged the Lokayukta not to quit. They said his presence was vital as he was aware about the legal procedure and nitty-gritty of combating corruption.