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Agnivesh for 'superior' Ombudsman bill

india Updated: Dec 23, 2010 11:46 IST
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Arya Samaj leader Swami Agnivesh on Thursday said a newly-constituted citizen forum, 'India Against Corruption' will pitch for appointment of an effective Obudsman, to whom Prime Minister should also be accountable.

"The Ombudsman bill languishing since 1968 lacks teeth for tackling issues of mega corruption in higher places. We have prepared a draft paper of a superior bill, which advocates highest civil authority in country to whom PM should also be accountable," Agnivesh said.

"The draft of our bill prepared after taking cue from Hongkong, where corruption had reached its zenith between 60s and 70s, talks about some very stringent punishments," he said.

"The effort has been to make it independent as far as possible. We shall be pitching in for its enactment by an act of Parliament," Agnivesh said.

Highlighting, the distinctive features of the bill, he said the Lokpal will have the freedom to select lawyer of his choice, retired Supreme Court and High Court judges should be appointed, and any corrupt official found within the Ombudsman should be dismissed quickly.

Agnivesh said when it came to corruption in higher places, all political parties were alike.