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It is unfortunate that the Joint Drafting Committee on the Lokpal Bill has been bogged down by contentious issues, the most significant issue being whether or not the Lokpal can scrutinise the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and acts of MPs inside Parliament. The Prime Minister should be covered by the Lokpal. Any complaint against him should be disposed of with lightening speed so that his functions are not affected. If the government wants to exclude the higher judiciary, it should make serious efforts to pass the Judicial Accountability Bill. As far as MPs are concerned, the Constitution provides immunity to their acts inside Parliament. They can, therefore, be excluded from scrutiny.

B.M. Baliga,

Bangalore

At least initially, the Prime Minister can be excluded from the Lokpal's purview. Let us not compare our system with democracies which are hardly the size of a State in our country. Let the Bill be introduced without rigid stances. The threat by civil society members that they will take to the streets is unwarranted. They should not give the impression that they are interested more in resorting to the final option.

P.S.S. Murthy,

Hyderabad

Our neta-babu duo will not give in to the demands of civil society so easily. The government's refusal to include the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary, the conduct of MPs, the CBI, the CVC and the defence services from the purview of the Lokpal in the name of self-regulation is yet another instance of its apathy to a strong Lokpal.

Venkatesh N. Muttur,

Hubli

By opposing the inclusion of the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and acts of MPs in Parliament, the Centre has reduced the entire endeavour of drafting a Lokpal bill to an eyewash.

If almost everyone at the helm is to be excluded from the purview of the bill, why create a Lokpal?

Arjun R. Shankar,

Thiruvananthapuram

Everyone, including topmost functionaries, should be covered by the Lokpal bill. The argument that bringing the Prime Minister under its purview will make him dysfunctional is unacceptable. Is he functional now?

M.M. Kale,

Kakinada

The contention that the Prime Minister's position would be weakened if allegations are levelled against him everyday is untenable. In the last two years, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been continuously bombarded by charges of tolerating corruption. But they do not appear to have deterred him from holding on to his office tenaciously.

V. Rajalakshmi,

Mumbai

One of the aims of the Lokpal is to free our administrative set-up from corruption. To achieve this, all persons connected with the administration and its supervision should be made accountable to the Lokpal. This will not, in any way, lower the dignity of the office of Prime Minister or Chief Justice. Eliciting the opinion of the States, political parties and the general public will only lead to avoidable debates and delay.

M. Somasekhar Prasad,

Badvel

The present standoff is on expected lines. The constitution of the drafting committee itself was a farce and a desperate attempt to divert the aam aadmi's attention from Anna Hazare. A comprehensive Jan Lokpal Bill can become a reality only through a referendum as neither the politicians nor the 15th Lok Sabha has the mandate to take a decision on the issue.

E. Krishnadas,

Palakkad

It looks like the Lokpal bill may not be introduced at all. The Centre perhaps agreed to Mr. Hazare's terms only to persuade him to give up his fast. One cannot help thinking that the government has taken the anti-corruption movement for a ride.

Harischandra Parshuram,

Mumbai

Nobody, including the President, should be exempted from the Lokpal's purview. Nobody is above the law.

The opposition to include the Prime Minister, the higher judiciary and MPs is ill-founded.

K.V. Seetharamaiah,

Hassan

The people are sure to ask why the Prime Minister and others are afraid of being brought under the proposed Lokpal if they are clean. In all fairness, stringent provisions against the misuse of the law on Lokpal should be incorporated.

T.R. Tyagarajan,

New Delhi

What better can we expect from our politicians? Civil society members should show no flexibility. People are for the eradication of corruption at all levels. They are convinced that corruption exists at the highest levels of the judiciary, the executive and the legislature.

P.R.V. Raja,

Pandalam

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