Kochi: Former Karnataka Lokayukta Justice N Santosh Hegde on suggested that corporates and NGOs should also be brought under the purview of the Jan Lokpal bill.

"They should be incorporated. I am for it," he told reporters when asked about corporates and NGOs not being under the ambit of the bill drafted by Team Anna, adding he would suggest for bring them under the ombudsman.

Describing himself as a freelancer now, the former Supreme Court judge said the bill was "very strong", but not "monstrous" as was being projected. It was deliberately being projected as "not answerable" to anyone.

Pointing out that the corruption watchdog is answerable to the Supreme Court at every level, he said every decision can be challenged before the court.

He hoped that the bill would be tabled in the Winter session of Parliament. "The institution called Lokpal will be constituted. It would not have been constituted if not for Anna Hazare," he said.

There are enough laws in the country to tackle corruption but they were not being implemented. There was misapprehension among people that the Prime Minister does not come under the Prevention of Corruption Act and every public servant can be probed by investigating agencies, he said.

As far as the prime minister is concerned, the CBI or the Delhi Police should take up investigation, but they are not doing it, he said.

In the case of judiciary, permission has to be taken from the Chief Justice of India to launch a probe against a sitting judge.

On allegations of corruption against relatives of former CJI and National Human Rights Commission Chairman, Justice K G Balakrishnan, Hegde said, "If there is material, he should be investigated."

On his report on illegal mining in Karnataka, he said it was up to the state government to take action on the report.

"I have named over 700 officers in the report besides ministers, politicians and business houses. Former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had to resign, two former chief ministers were indicted."

Hegde said nobody had offered him the post of Goa Lokayukta.

"I was not offered the post. This is the post of a high court judge and the age limit is 70 and I have crossed 72," he said.

Replying to another query, he said if each state makes a Lokpal bill which is as strong as Karnataka Lokayukta, lot of corruption can be contained.

Earlier, addressing students at the Cochin University of Science and Technology, Hegde said he was visiting educational institutions across the country interacting with students and had so far visited over 300 institutions.

During the next elections, when politicians come calling for votes, they should be told that they are not representatives but 'public servants', he said.

Hegde was presented the 'Neethi Ratna' award by Assembly Speaker G Karthikeyan at a function here.

(Agencies)