Church supports Lokpal Bill: Archbishop

Church supports Lokpal Bill: Archbishop

"While welcoming the Lok Pal Bill, we hope it will cover all situations, all people," Archbishop of Bangalore and Council president Bernard Moras said. Such a bill would help infuse confidence and build trust among the people, he said during a press meet organised to give out the message of Good Friday and Easter to the people.

He said the Church stood for justice, for anti-corruption, and condemns bribe. "The Bible condemns any bribe because it is intrinsically evil, it is immoral... specially so as it goes against the interest of the poor, the downtrodden, who are the ones who suffer," he said.

"The church therefore has a duty to join hands with all those concerned working for anti-corruption," he said referring to Anna Hazare, who is leading a campaign for a strong anti-graft legislation. "The church supports the movement of civil right leaders," he said, adding that corruption needs to be eliminated and such anti-graft movement cannot be carried out by just one person but needs the coordinated efforts of all.

On the Lok Pal panel being mired over the CD controversy involving eminent lawyer and Lokpal Bill panel co-chair Shanti Bhushan, the Archbishop said, "I am not competent to comment on that but one thing I would like to say if someone really is not open enough to be there...then they have no right to be there (on the panel)."

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