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Pitch against corruption in public life grows louder

Staff Reporter

March taken out to press for enactment of ‘Jan Lokpal Bill'


Under the proposed Bill, Lokpal would be selected from people's panel and not by the government

It aims at making the investigating agencies independent from the government


NEW DELHI: Led by several social activists and spiritual leaders, a large number of people took out a march under the aegis of “India Against Corruption” in the Capital on Sunday demanding enactment of “Jan Lokpal Bill”.

Holding banners that read, “Want my vote? Give me Jan Lokpal” and “Lokpal Bill by the government is a showpiece”, the people walked through the heart of the city from Ramlila Ground to Jantar Mantar in the afternoon raising slogans against rampant corruption.

Addressing the gathering at the Ramlila Ground earlier, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said the present law against corruption was insufficient to fight against the corrupt as it was “formulated to protect them”. She claimed that the proposed Jan Lokpal Bill would curb the menace as the Lokpal would be selected from people's panel and not by the government.

Money recovery

“The Lokpal Bill drafted by the government must be modified as per the Jan Lokpal Bill prepared by civil society groups. The modified Bill aims at making the investigating agencies independent from the government and also includes provisions to recover money from guilty officials,” she said.

Seeking support for Jan Lokpal Bill, eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani said: “You back this Bill and we pledge to bring back black money stashed by the corrupt people and make sure they are brought to justice.”

Spiritual leader Swami Agnivesh said their delegation would soon meet leaders of major political parties demanding to pass this Bill in upcoming Parliament session and would stage protest if their demand was not met.

The activists said that the Jan Lokpal Bill if enacted would eradicate corruption in just a couple of years.

Eminent lawyers Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, social activist Medha Patkar and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal were also present.

The protesters tore the first page of the copies of the Central Vigilance Commission Act, the Central Bureau of India Act and government's draft Lokpal Bill as symbolic rejection of the documents. The protestors also sent text message <India> <Name, address, e-mail ID> to 09230534959 as part of a campaign to create vote bank against corruption and took a pledge not to vote for the party that did not support Lok Pal Bill drafted by citizens.

Besides Delhi, the march was simultaneously taken out in several cities across the country.

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