New Delhi: Seeing tussle on bringing Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) under Lokpal’s jurisdiction, social crusader Anna Hazare shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him why he wanted to be immune from probe.

In his letter to Singh, Hazare asked him if he is honest, why he wants to keep his post separate from free and fair investigations. He also made a point that when the Constitution doesn’t give any freedom to Prime Minister to escape from any probe, will the government amend the law for him.

Hazare said that the immunity from investigation is only enjoyed by the President as per the Constitution. “Will the government amend the Constitution to give him the benefit of similar immunity as enjoyed by the President?” the letter stated.

He mentioned that India should have become much better, stronger and anti-corrupt country under the stewardship of Manmohan Singh.

Keeping the PM out of Lokpal’s ambit will be taking a step back in the mission to free the country from corruption, the letter stated.
Hazare also reminded him about Union Home Minister Chidambaram’s opinion. In news published on June 8 in Dainik Jagran, it was said that Chidambaram had recommended bringing PMO under Lokpal’s ambit in his letter on March 7.

“Hazare is treading on the same path of Mahatma Gandhi whose name is now used by the Congress but they are terming the path shown by Gandhi as fascist and undemocratic,” said Prashant Bhushan, a member of drafting panel.

According to Bhushan, Pranab Mukherjee’s statement reflects his little knowledge of democracy and arrogance of power.

RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal said that earlier three ministers from government’s side in the panel had agreed on bringing the PMO under Lokpal’s ambit but now they have taken a U-turn suddenly.

Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwary attacked Hazare and his campaign. “The government showed generosity and formed a Lokpal committee and they should keep their points before it. But, they want that everything should happen as per their decisions,” he said.

“Who are these five people? They are also from RSS,” Tiwary added.

JPN/Bureau