Opposition wants CBI under Lokpal

December 14th, 2011 - 11:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Opposition parties have demanded that the CBI should be an independent and transparent body under the Lokpal.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, who emerged from the ongoing all-party meeting on the Lokpal bill, told reporters he had demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation should be an independent body.

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and other opposition leaders demanded that the prime minister should be under the purview of the Lokpal, he added.

Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra, who also spoke to reporters, said the party wanted a mechanism to ensure the CBI is independent and transparent.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government is “committed” to implementing in “letter and spirit” a good and effective Lokpal bill that would have a quick and positive impact in fighting corruption.

The all-party meet, being held at Manmohan Singh’s 7, Race Course Road, has been called to evolve a political consensus on the contentious bill.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and leaders of all parties are attending the meet which began at 7 p.m.

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