Aamir is backing Jan Lokpal bill: Team Anna

July 20th, 2011 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Aamir Khan New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Aamir Khan has extended his support to Jan Lokpal bill, a statement from Team Anna said Wednesday.

In reply to a questionnaire framed by India Against Corruption, the banner under which the Jan Lokpal movement is being held, Aamir Khan has agreed to many of the group’s demands, including that the prime minister be brought under the purview of the Lokpal.

In the options given on the questionnaire, the actor chose: “I feel this issue is non-negotiable. This is the right time to demand and pursue wholeheartedly.”

The actor also agreed to including higher judiciary, MPs’ action in parliament, merging the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Lokpal, inclusion of lower bureaucracy, appointment of Lokayukta (ombudsman) through the same act and maximum punishment up to life imprisonment.

“He also categorically said that Lokpal should be empowered to remove corrupt public/government servant. He should also be responsible for protection of the whistle blowers and witnesses,” the statement said.

After the meetings between civil society members and the government on formulating the Lokpal bill went sour, Anna Hazare has been warning the government that he will go on a fast once again if the civil society’s version of the anti-graft Lokpal bill, the Jan Lokpal bill, is not tabled in parliament’s monsoon session.

The civil society has been conducting public meetings to garner support for their Jan Lokpal bill.

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