New Delhi: The Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill) is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body that would investigate corruption cases, complete the investigation within a year and envisages trial in the case getting over in the next one year.
Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde (former Supreme Court Judge and present Lokayukta of Karnataka), Prashant Bhushan (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Arvind Kejriwal (RTI activist), the draft Bill envisages a system where a corrupt person found guilty would go to jail within two years of the complaint being made and his ill-gotten wealth being confiscated. It also seeks power to the Jan Lokpal to prosecute politicians and bureaucrats without government permission.
Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi and other known people like Swami Agnivesh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Anna Hazare and Mallika Sarabhai are also part of the movement, called India Against Corruption. Its website describes the movement as "an expression of collective anger of people of India against corruption. We have all come together to force/request/persuade/pressurize the Government to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill. We feel that if this Bill were enacted it would create an effective deterrence against corruption."
Anna Hazare, anti-corruption crusader, began a fast-unto-death today, demanding that this bill, drafted by the civil society, be adopted. The website of the India Against Corruption movement calls the Lokpal Bill of the government an "eyewash" and has on it a critique of that government Bill. It also lists the difference between the Bills drafted by the government and civil society.
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The above photo taken today at Jantar Mantar where IESM is supporting Veteran Anna Hazare in his fight against Corruption. It was a huge gathering and as you can see almost every media team was there.
It was nice to hear Arvind Kejriwal of RTI fame explain the cause. He has clear thought and explained the crux of the issue very simple easy to understand manner. Of course, Kiran Bedi's speech was electrifying and waving of the flag during the song "Lokpal" energised everyone.
One of the veteran took part in the Havan by Gayatri Parivar from Shanti Kunj, Haridwar.
Col. T N Baba (Veteran)
Comments: Veterans need to actively participate to get the "criminals behind bars". The citizens crusade on corruption is victory for the country.
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