Anti-Corruption

Groups of Adocates Files PIL Challenging Constitution of Lokpal Bill Committee

New Delhi: Advocate M L Sharma and other advocates filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court contending that inclusion of five civil society members in the 10-member Lokpal Bill drafting committee, which also has five ministers, is constitutionally flawed as a parliamentary committee must comprise only members of Parliament and no one else.

Hence, the petitioners are demanding that the notification on Lokpal committee be quashed.

The PIL also sought a probe into the controversial CD purportedly carrying audio clippings of a telephone conversation between committee co-chair and civil society memer Shanti Bhushan, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh about influencing a judge.

Clearly, the anti-corruption crusade is headed for a showdown not just with regards to the redrafting of the Lokpal Bill but also in view of the accompanying legal battles.

As Anna Hazare said, the battle has been won but the war will continue.

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