Team Anna may appear again before Par panel

Last Updated: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 00:13

New Delhi: Team Anna could once again appear
before a Parliamentary panel scrutinising the Lokpal Bill and
its various versions.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and
Justice and Personnel Abhishek Singhvi told reporters here
that "if time and dates suit, may be next week we could call
Team Anna."

This will be Team Anna`s second appearance before the
Committee and first after the Gandhian undertook a 13-day fast
demanding passage of the Lokpal Bill in the recently-concluded
Monsoon session of Parliament.

Soon after the Lokpal Bill was referred to the Committee,
activist Anna Hazare and his associates had deposed before the
Committee where they said the panel should ask the government
to withdraw the Lokpal Bill as it would "encourage
corruption".

The Jan Lokpal Bill drafted by team Anna was referred to
the Committee by DoPT, while the Government`s Lokpal Bill
introduced in Lok Sabha in August was referred to the panel on
August 8.

"The Committee is moving in the right direction and in the
right pace. It is considering various issues seriously. By
next week, we`ll have 12-15 meetings. During our meetings so
far, we have interacted with NGOs, various parts of civil
society, CBI and CVC," Singhvi said.

He said almost all organisations would have been covered
"in a symbolic sense" in the coming days.

"After this, the Committee will have confidential
meetings," he added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 00:13

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