Anna's men decide to stay put despite pressure
The civil society members of the joint Lokpal Bill drafting committee dug their heels on Saturday, deciding that none of them, including co-chair of the committee Shanti Bhushan, would quit despite allegations of impropriety.delhi Updated: Apr 24, 2011 00:11 IST
The civil society members of the joint Lokpal Bill drafting committee dug their heels on Saturday, deciding that none of them, including co-chair of the committee Shanti Bhushan, would quit despite allegations of impropriety.
"We will write to the Prime Minister and the chief justice of the Supreme Court for an independent inquiry on Monday," said rights activist and member of the committee Arvind Kejriwal.
Former IPS officer and social activist Kiran Bedi said, "It is a fight between honest and dishonest people."
Kejriwal described the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report on the authenticity of the CD on Bhushan as a ghost that no one has seen so far.
"For us, it (the CFSL report) does not exist. If you have the report please give it so us," he told media persons.
The CD contains a conversation between Shanti Bhushan, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, where Bhushan allegedly offered to influence a high court judge for Rs 4 crore.
Earlier, water resources minister and a government member of the committee, Salman Khurshid, said the committee was entrusted with drafting the Lokpal Bill.
"Let us examine the Bill on its merit, rather than discussing the characters of people."
Kejriwal also made it clear that activist Anna Hazara's comment that ministers should resign immediately after corruption charges are levelled against them cannot apply in case of Bhushan.
"You cannot compare a government minister, an elected representative, with a civil society member," he said after a meeting with the other members of the drafting committee.
On having a Dalit as member of the committee - as demanded by UP chief minister Mayawati and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh - he said the government could nominate a Dalit minister as member of the committee.
The members unanimously decided that Santosh Hedge, Karnataka Lokayukta, who had threatened to resign after Singh questioned his integrity, would stay in the committee.