New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on UPA Government, Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Monday described the government’s version of Lokpal bill ‘mere formality’ by saying such an ombudsman cannot fight against corruption. The Chief Minister was speaking on the sideline of an inaugural event of Uttarakhand House in the national capital.

When asked to comment on the considerations of Parliamentary Standing Committee, the Chief Minister said, “It’s too premature to speak on it. But the way they are speaking, signifies to be a formality. It is wrong. What is the use of having such ombudsman as it will have no control over corruption issues?”

He also took the opportunity to claim the Lokpal Bill passed by Uttarakhand is above administrative and financial pressure to deal with corruption.

“The Lokpal Bill prepared by Uttarakhand legislation was drafted on the lines of Jan Lakpal Bill prepared by team Anna.” The bill will cover Ministers, Chief Minister, government servants including IAS and IPS officers and also lower bureaucracy.

The bill provides minimum punishment of six months and maximum of life imprisonment. Former Chief Ministers and retired officials have been kept under the purview of anti-graft law. However, it leaves Uttarakhand High Court judges out of it.

(JPN/ Bureau)