28 October, 2020

The People Legislate

Lokpal Bill discussions are sure to see standoffs

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The People Legislate

For over a year, travelling to various parts of the country, activist and prime mover of the Jan Lokpal Bill, Arvind Kejriwal, has been repeating the same story over and over again, on the anti-corruption structures we have currently. Last month, at a huge gathering of RTI activists in Shillong, Meghalaya, he explained. “When an official acts as a whistle-blower and complains against his boss, a senior officer, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) takes up the case and sends it back to the errant officer himself! So we now have the same corrupt officer conducting an inquiry against himself and then presenting a report with recommendations of what action to take.” As Kejriwal launched into his second story, cheers erupted in the hall.

“Now let’s look at A. Raja and the maximum punishment that will be meted out to him if, and only if, he is found guilty,” said Kejriwal. “He will be in prison for seven years. So if I have embezzled Rs 2,000 crore of public money, will seven years...



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