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‘I don’t know how far we will be successful in this’

delhi Updated: Apr 09, 2011 00:03 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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Hindustan Times spoke with Arvind Kejriwal, one of the activists spearheading the movement demanding a stringent anti-corruption law.

The government has agreed for a joint committee for drafting the stringent anti-corruption bill, and if the Cabinet agrees to it, what will happen if the bill is stalled in the Parliament?

What else? We will start the mass movement again. We will agitate at every single stage.

Will you be able to sustain the movement in the long run?

We will struggle to our best of abilities for the passage of the Jan Lokpal bill. How far we would be successful, I don't know.

What are the expected roadblocks? Will you take to the street to overcome every hurdle?

There can be roadblocks at every step — during formation of the committee for drafting the bill, at the discussions over bill draft, presentation in the cabinet and finally at the level of approval of Parliament. Agitation will continue at every level, but taking to the streets would be the last resort.

How can one ensure that the Jan Lokpal Bill passed during one government's tenure would not be repealed during another government's tenure?

Every good law has a political constituency of its own, which takes care of its survival. For example, the Right To Information Act. The authorities have tried to change it thrice, but it has survived. So will this bill.

Don't you think the provisions of time-bound investigations and trials as proposed by the bill are a bit too unrealistic? Why are investigations and trials delayed?

Only two reasons-either deliberately or due to lack of resources. Only a few cases are legitimately delayed.

The Jan Lokpal Bill proposes a review of pending cases at the end of every year, based on which the decision to increase the number of judges for trials in cases referred by the Lokpal can be taken.