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Strong Lokpal bill in the offing: Antony

Defence Minister AK Antony said the government will bring out a "strong" Lokpal bill wherein it will become difficult for anyone..

Updated: Nov 08, 2011, 22:56 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Defence Minister AK
Antony on Tuesday said the government will bring out a "strong"
Lokpal bill wherein it will become difficult for anyone in
position to work without accountability.

All those who work in public life would have to surrender
to the rule of law and subjected to the scrutiny of social
auditing, he said at a function here.

"Ministers, MLAs, judiciary, officials, businessmen and
media persons will have to stand before the scrutiny of people
and have to be accountable to people," he said.

"No one can run away from it," Antony said, adding all
should prepare themselves to face the change.

Noting that Right to Information Act was only a
beginning, he said it was going to be extended to many more
areas.

Antony said role of media in the present context was very
important.
As a matter of caution, he said media also should subject
themselves for criticism and self introspection. Media could
influence the society and so, the reports they file should not
be unilateral.

"While giving breaking news, media should also think
about its consequences," he said.

PTI