New Delhi: The Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by social activists is gaining support from all corners in protest against the weak Lokpal Bill of the Central government.  

Famous social activist Anna Hazare, who proposed Jan Lokpal Bill with tough provisions, has got support from former captain of Indian Cricket team Kapil Dev, who has even written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh advocating about the bill.

Kapil, in his letter has said, “This is the high time when we as a nation should think of institutional options to fight corruption. I have read the agenda of the Jan Lokpal Bill which has been prepared by experts of the nation. If implemented, it would certainly ensure prompt action against corrupt persons.”

He also appealed to the PM that by passing the bill, he would get his name registered in the pages Indian history for fighting corruption. Citing an example, he said that Hongkong in 1970 had similar conditions of corruption. It was then an independent organization was setup to fight against corruption which suspended 119 officials out of 180. And now, Hong Kong is known as one of least corrupt nations.

The bill was earlier backed by Kiran Bedi, India's first Indian Police Service officer, Shanti Bhusan, former Union Law Minister and Justice Yogguru Ramdev, senior Supreme Court advocate Prasant Bhusan and social activist Swamy Agnivesh. Magsaysay awardee Arvind kegriwal is also supporting the bill.

(JPN/ Bureau)