Withdraw judges` accountability bill: Team Anna

Team Anna claimed the proposed Bill has no provision for investigation of corrupt judges or their prosecution.

Updated: Sep 12, 2011, 18:14 PM IST

New Delhi: Team Anna on Monday demanded withdrawal of the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill 2010, claiming it had no provision for investigation of corrupt judges or their prosecution.

Voicing their disagreement to the parliamentary standing committee`s recommendations on the Bill, civil society representatives said it should be brought under the ambit of the civil society drafted Jan Lokpal Bill.

"The present format of Judicial Standards Accountability Bill does not deal with investigation of the judges for corruption or their prosecution. It only deals with the complaints against judges for misconduct; the bill is just to mislead the common man," Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan said.

Arvind Kejriwal, civil society activist, said: "We will write to the Prime Minister seeking a clarification of the government on this issue."

The government has maintained that the bill would make the judiciary more accountable and there was no need to put judges under the ambit of Lokpal.

IANS

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