'Opposition to Lokpal reveals Centre's true colours'

Justice Hegde took exception to the Centre’s opposition to bringing the Prime Minister, the judiciary, and the corrupt acts of MPs under the ambit of the Bill.

“The Bill’s foremost aim is to root out corruption at the highest level of the country’s administration. The Centre’s opposition in this regard is worrisome. If the Bill is drafted as desired by the Government, the very purpose of the legislation would be killed,” the Lokayukta told reporters.

“I fail to understand why the Government does not want to stop MPs from receiving bribes for asking questions and voting in Parliament,” the Lokayukta said.

On bringing the higher judiciary under the Bill’s ambit, Justice Hegde said that as proposed by the civil society members, charges of corruption against a judge would be probed by a seven-member Lokpal committee only if there was a prima facie case.

The Lokayukta, however, said there was no room for disappointment over the Centre’s opposition as the fight for a strong anti-graft legislation was still on.

The investigation report on illegal mining is ready and will be submitted to the State Government by June 15. Copies would be sent to the Supreme Court and the Chief Election Commissioner if asked for, the Lokayukta said.

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