Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin who recently hit headlines after he indicted state minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for corruption on Friday hailed Anna Hazare's crusade terming it an "unprecedented awakening".
"It is a unique and unprecedented awakening. This is a great movement being carried forward It should not be allowed to fizzle out. If anyone is fighting against corruption it is a public service", Justice Sarin told HT on sidelines of a seminar organised by Amity University on police behaviour and accountability'.
The former judge of the Delhi high court said the movement is all the more appealing as it has been taken up by a 73-year-old man who has "no axe to grind" against the government.
"I have strong views on it but do not want to be drawn into politics," Sarin said refusing to comment when asked if he felt that it was hypocritical of the central government, that forced BS Yeddyurappa as Karnataka CM based on indictment by Karnataka Lokayukta in the illegal mining case but junked his report against its minister Chauhan.
Sarin said he had sought reasons from the home ministry reasons for President Pratibha Patil's rejection of his report recommending sacking of Chauhan, the PWD minister, for his alleged role in a tax evasion case. He is still awaiting a response.
Rejecting the Delhi government's stand that his report against Chauhan was based on "mere conjecture and not evidence", Sarin said he had "carried out a full fledged inquiry and there was no scope for a further inquiry".