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PC would be in jail if CBI was under lokpal: Anna

Anna Hazare today took a dig at P Chidambaram, stating that if the CBI was under lokpal, the home minister would have been behind bars by now. He also said that with the CBI out of lokpal's ambit, the investigative agency does not have any strength. Watch video

delhi Updated: Dec 21, 2011 15:01 IST

A day after the union cabinet approved the lokpal bill leaving CBI out of its purview, Anna Hazare said the ombudsman would not be strong and effective if the premier investigation agency was not kept under it.

"If the CBI is outside then how will the lokpal be strong. This system will save corrupt politicians. If CBI comes under lokpal then P Chidambaram would be in jail. You are saving corrupt politicians and say it is a strong lokpal," he said.

Attacking the government for keeping CBI out of lokpal, Hazare accused it of "cheating" the people by bringing a weak Bill to "save" corrupt politicians.

Rejecting the bill, Hazare also took strong exception to government bringing a separate Citizens' Charter Bill, saying a common man will have to run from pillar to post to get his grievances redressed under the proposed system.

"It is cheating people who will teach them a lesson," Hazare said.

"How can the lokpal be effective when Citizens Charter is out of its purview. A person will have to go through various levels for redressal of his grievances..what to do? Its like fooling people," he said.

The activist said he will visit all five poll-bound states and let people know about the misdeeds of the government. "Ahead of general election, we will visit the whole country and tell people about the government," he said.

The 74-year-old activist has already announced that he will go ahead with his planned fast from December 27 for three days followed by a 'jail bharo' agitation.

First Published: Dec 21, 2011 11:35 IST