Team Anna to appear before Parl panel on Lokpal

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 18:08

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of Anna
Hazare threatening to resume his fast on the last day of
Parliament`s Winter Session if a strong Jan Lokpal Bill is not
passed by then, Team Anna would once again appear before a
Parliamentary panel scrutinising the measure this week.

Representatives of Team Anna would appear before the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and
Justice on November 3 and 4 to present their view on the
anti-corruption measure.

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.

"I will begin my hunger strike agitation on the last day
of the Session, if the Jan Lokpal Bill is not passed in the
House and the team will tour various states to educate people
about the issue," Hazare said in a letter to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh on Monday.

PTI

First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 17:24
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