Sitting judge pledges support to Anna

Anna Hazare on Wednesday had an unusual visitor at Ramlila Maidan in a sitting judge who pledged support to his anti-corruption crusade and demand to include judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal.

New Delhi: Anna Hazare on Wednesday had an unusual
visitor at Ramlila Maidan in a sitting judge who pledged
support to his anti-corruption crusade and demand to include
judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal.

Civil Judge Ajay Pandey, who sits in the Tees Hazari
court, drew a thunderous applause from Hazare supporters when
he addressed the crowd on the "scourge of corruption".

"I have been a judge at the Parliament Street court and
other places and have closely seen how corruption prevails and
mighty people are let off," Pandey said.

"Seeing the crowds swelling everyday, I thought it would
be against my conscience not to involve myself in such a
movement," he said.

Only poor suffer and there is no accountability for them,
he said, adding he wanted to express his solidarity with
Hazare and the movement.

Media persons surrounded him after his address and asked
him about his views on including judiciary within the purview
of Lokpal. "The judiciary should be brought under the Lokpal
Bill and there should be accountability in judiciary," Pandey
told reporters.

Pandey said he was not afraid of any consequences for
coming on a public forum as he has done no wrong.

"I am one amongst the public. Why should I be afraid?
When the country is here how can one remain away. I think it
was my duty to come here and support the fight against
corruption and I did it, he said.

PTI

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