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Delhi Police say no to Anna fast at Jantar Mantar

delhi Updated: Jul 29, 2011 16:19 IST

Anna Hazare's proposed fast against corruption at Jantar Mantar may not go as planned as prohibitory order will be imposed around Parliament as its monsoon session will be in progress. The Delhi Police on Friday denied permission to Anna Hazare to hold the fast saying that as Parliament would be in session, no group could be allowed to capture the entire space at Jantar Mantar, as many groups come out for protests during that period.

The police also said that team Anna could be allowed to sit in protest on the outskirts of Delhi or they should provide a definite time period during which they will sit on protest. According to media reports, the Delhi Police has referred to Supreme Court's 2009 order in support of their decision.

Reacting to the news, team Anna said that imposing prohibitary order and not allowing the fast is like the murder of democracy.

Anna hazare is likely to move the court to seek order to go ahead with the proposed fast. The lokpal bill will be tabled in Parliament on August 3.

Meanwhile, government has said that people who are not satisfied with the lokpal bill approved by the cabinet can approach the Standing Committee of Parliament and persuade it to make changes.

HRD minister Kapil Sibal, who was part of the joint committee to draft the bill, said the government has already reconciled taking into account a number of provisions suggested by the civil society.

"People who want amendments to the bill are free to go to the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee will ask for public comments. They can come and try and persuade the standing committee.

"The Standing Committee represents Parliament in every measure. We will then take into account whatever the suggestions are and give a recommendation to the government which in turn will in turn either accept or not accept or partly accept or partly reject or accept wholly and introduce it back for passing in Parliament," he said.