|Anna with Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi|
Anna Hazare's team that has also included two former bureaucrats, 1972 batch IPS Kiran Bedi and 1995 batch Indian Revenue Service officer Arvind Kejriwal, has chosen to term the government version of Lokpal draft as ‘Protection of Corrupt Public Servants Bill, 2011’. Anna Hazare and his core team have been ridiculing the government’s version of the draft as Jokepal after the Union government chose to ignore the civil society’s version of the draft bill and introduced its own version in Parliament to decide. Now, a standing committee is scrutinizing the merits and demerits of the draft Bill.
On Tuesday morning,
police detained Anna, Bedi, Kejriwal and advocate Prashant Bhushan among others for their proposed plan to protest without getting requisite permission. There was an apprehension that the protests would disrupt normal life in Delhi ’s capital city. But many common men were annoyed to witness India police’s crackdown on Anna Hazare. Delhi
Bhushan has been arguing in news channels that government’s Lokpal Bill would in fact shield corrupt officials. Here is his argument. The draft Bill has a provision to bring 30 lakh NGOs across the country under the ambit of Lokpal but only 60,000 Class I officers and above would come under the Lokpal. Team Anna’s further contention is that the punishment for false complaint is two years imprisonment while the punishment to corrupt officers is only six months under the government version.“In case any complaint is lodged against a public servant, there is provision for a counter case of ‘false complaint’ which will start immediately in the special court but the corrupt officer will get three layers of protection even before a chargesheet can be filed by the Lokpal,” Bhushan told a news channel.