Favouring the exclusion of the Prime Minister and the CBI from the proposed Lokpal, the Lok Janshakti Party on Saturday asked the government not to take a hasty decision on the anti-graft body.
Interacting with reporters in Delhi, party chief Ram Vilas Paswan thanked all the political parties for supporting his demands for reservation of SC, ST, OBC, minorities and women in the Lokpal.
"Any decision on Lokpal will have a long term impact on the nation. We want the government to table the bill soon, but not in any kind of haste," Paswan said, adding that there was a general consensus among all the parties that the decision on Lokpal should not be taken in haste.
The LJP chief also asked Anna Hazare not to put undue pressure on the government in this regard. "Some serious work is taking place and the government is deciding on the Bill. Anna Hazare should not be so rigid for everything," he said.
On excluding the Prime Minister from the ambit of the Lokpal, Paswan said, "The work related to PM and his office have a direct impact on the national security. Putting the PM and PMO under Lokpal will interfere with its day-to-day functioning, will put everything at risk."
Stressing upon the independence of the CBI, he said, "CBI is a 70-year-old institution. It is important to ensure its independence. Under Lokpal, it will lose its independence in terms of finance and prosecution."
He said the CBI should be allowed to function independently and there should be only one agency for its general superintendence.
As per the suggestion made by Team Anna, CBI will become a defunct body as it will be reporting to four different organisations -- the CVC, DoPT, Law Ministry and Lokpal itself, he said.
"Lokpal can be appointed to supervise CBI, but all the administrative, financial and legal powers, including powers to engage law officers, filing of appeals etc. should be then vested with its director," Paswan said.
The LJP chief also said Group C and D employees should be excluded from the purview of the proposed Lokpal as the "move will over-burden it (the anti-graft body) and will weaken its functioning".
"There are around 65 lakh personnel in the category of Group A, B and C. Inclusion of Group C and D employees in the Lokpal will weaken its functioning."
Replying to a query on keeping a watch on the Lokpal, he said, "Parliament is supreme, and Lokpal should be made answerable and liable to it."