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Govt lokpal bill lacks teeth: Kejriwal

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2011 23:30 IST
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Lokpal bill joint drafting committee member Arvind Kejriwal said the bill, which the government has drafted neither protects the common man against corruption and nor does it attack the higher-level corruption such as 2G scam.

He was speaking at a panel discussion on the topic 'Unless corporate India cleans up its act, is a corruption free India a fantasy?' in New Delhi on Saturday.

"We said you are not including the Prime Minister and the judiciary, but at least bring the lower bureaucracy under its ambit. The Government has included only Class I employees, but the day-to-day corruption takes place at lower level," Kejriwal said.

Dubbing it as a 'jokepal' bill, Kejriwal said, "If I go and take a complaint to the Lokpal against a corrupt officer, the corrupt official has been given a right to immediately file a suit against me in a court calling that particular complaint false. And for filing the case against me the government will provide free advocates to that corrupt officer. If he is able to prove that the complaint is false, then the complainant could get imprisoned for up to 2 years."

Taking part in the discussion, Tata Services group resident director Bharat Wakhlu said, "Corruption is not so much about law and law enforcement, but it is about crisis of values. It's a game being played by politicians, police and other people, so not only the corporate but everyone will have to clean up their acts."

Journalist and political commentator Paranjoy Guha Thakurta said that the root of corruption in India is the nexus between the business and the politics. "The sheer scale of corruption and the brazenness makes if different from the corruption of the past," he said.

Other panelists included former head of the department of sociology, JNU, Dr Dipankar Gupta, CyberMedia chairman Pradeep Gupta, former customs and central excise department chief commissioner AK Agnihotri, and Kaushik Dutta.