A lawyers' body has questioned social activist Anna Hazare's intention not to include higher judiciary judges within the ambit of the Lokpal Bill saying that judges have to be more accountable than anybody else.
"The Co-ordination Committee of All Bar Association of Delhi is very much pained to read the statement of Anna Hazare for excluding the higher judiciary from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill," said Delhi Bar Association president Rajiv Khosla in a letter to the chairman of the special committee set up to draft the bill.
Khosla requested the members of the special committee to make "stringent provision" against the judges of the lower as well as higher judiciary as the courts are the "last resort for any citizen for resolving their disputes".
"The co-ordination committee requests all committee members (of the special committee set up for drafting the Lokpal bill), including Anna Hazare, to make stringent provisions against the lower as well as higher judiciary for their accountability to the public as judges are also performing their functions under the Constitution and owe duty to the society," it said.
The co-ordination committee questioned the proposed exclusion of higher judiciary judges from the ambit of the Lokpal Bill.
"The members of the special committee may not have forgotten the truth revealed by recent investigation whereby sufficient materials were found against two former chief justices of India to frame charges against them," said the DBA president in his letter.
"However, nothing proceeded further against them (the two former CJIs) due to false notion of constitutional protection, whereas, in fact, there is none," Khosla said.
Hazare had recently said Lokpal should not cover judges of the high courts and the Supreme Court.