`Will take decision to quit Lokpal panel tomorrow`

Members of the civil society and several politicians have urged Hegde to reconsider his decision.

Bangalore: Amid mounting pressure from the civil society asking him not to quit the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill, Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde Friday said he would announce his decision on the issue tomorrow.

"I will announce my decision tomorrow," Hegde said, a day after he threatened to quit the panel upset over the "continuous and day-to-day vilification" campaign against civil society activists who are members of the committee.

Hegde, who will be leaving for Delhi tomorrow, said, "I
will discuss the issue with my colleagues and then announce my
decision in the evening."

Asked about AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh
reportedly saying sorry for his remarks against him if it had
hurt him, Hegde refused to react, saying he was yet to read

On the demand for him to continue on the panel, Hedge
said, "Yes I know there is demand for me to continue. My phone has been ringing since early morning and I have had so many people coming over to request the same. But I will speak after my interaction with my colleagues in Delhi," he said.
Meanwhile, members of the civil society today came out in
support of Hegde continuing on the panel. The supporters
holding placards urged the Lokayukta not to quit. They said
his presence was vital as he was aware about the legal
procedure and nitty-gritty of combating corruption.

JD-S leader H D Kumaraswamy also urged him not to quit in
"national interest".

Hegde faced a similar situation last year when he
announced his decision to quit as Lokayukta saying the state
government had not acted on his report over illegal mining.

BJP senior leader LK Advani had persuaded him to continue
in the post.