It’s a sarkari Lokpal: Prashant Bhusan

July 28th, 2011 - 7:11 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) Visibly upset members of the civil society Thursday described the draft Lokpal bill approved by the cabinet as a “sarkari (government) bill and a “cruel joke” on the people of the country.

“It will essentially be a sarkari Lokpal… It is a cruel joke on the people of the country,” senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhusan, who was part of a 10-member panel set up by the government to draft the law, told a press conference soon after the cabinet approved a draft anti-corruption legislation keeping the prime minister and the judiciary out of its purview.

Bhusan said under the approved Lokpal draft legislation, there can be no investigation by the ombudsman into the 2G spectrum allocation, Adarsh housing society or the Commonwealth Games scams.

“People will teach a lesson to this government” for such an anti-corruption law at a time when scam after scam is tumbling out, he added.

The advocate also took objection to the overwhelming majority of government representatives in a panel that will select the Lokpal.

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