Standing Committee has `betrayed` nation: Bhushan

Team Anna member Shanti Bhushan on Sunday launched a frontal attack on the Parliamentary Standing Committee that went into the Lokpal Bill.

New Delhi: Team Anna member Shanti Bhushan
on Sunday launched a frontal attack on the Parliamentary Standing
Committee that went into the Lokpal Bill, accusing it of
"betraying" the nation by suggesting "snatching away" of the
power of investigation from the proposed anti-corruption
watchdog.

"We knew that Abhishek Singhvi is an able lawyer but did
not know that he is also a magician.

"The authority of investigation that was given to the
Lokpal in the Bill has been snatched away. This is betrayal
of the nation," Bhushan, a former Law Minister, said
addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar, the venue of Anna
Hazare`s fast here.

He said Team Anna was "not adamant" that only Jan Lokpal
Bill should be passed by Parliament but it wants its "spirit"
to be retained in the proposed law.

Bhushan`s son and another Team Anna member Prashant
Bhushan accused the government of not consulting the
stakeholders before taking decision like allowing FDI in
retail sector.

"The government is planning to build nuclear power plants
in Jaitapur and other places for generation of power at a cost
of thousands of lakhs of rupees. Why this is happening? Why
can`t we generate power through thermal plants?" he asked.

"The government took the decision to allow FDI in retail
sector without consulting the people of the country. It would
have only benefited some American companies," he said.

He also said the Prime Minister was only concerned about
economic growth.

PTI

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