Hazare to attend Lokpal drafting panel meeting

"We (the civil society members) will hold consultation among ourselves before we attend the official meeting," Bhushan told IANS Thursday.

Bhushan said the meeting will begin at 11.30 a.m. Saturday. "Hazare is arriving Friday. We all will attend," he said. He said that they had not received any agenda for the meeting so far.

"I believe the meeting will be of an introductory nature," the senior lawyer said. Besides Hazare and Bhushan, the civil society has three more representatives on the panel - former law minister Shanti Bhushan, who is also the co-chairman of the committee, RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal and former Supreme Court judge Santosh Hegde.

The 10-member committee is headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. The other ministerial members on the panel are Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed.

The government agreed to include the civil society leaders in the committee after Hazare went on indefinite fast in Delhi, which was called off after 97 hours April 9.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the bill will be introduced in the monsoon session of parliament, which begins in July.

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