New Delhi: After the first meeting of the Joint Drafting Committee on the Lokpal Bill, Union Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal had to issue clarification on Monday regarding the complaints made by social activist Anna Hazare to Sonia Gandhi.

“The civil society members have succumbed to government pressure is patently false. No such statement was ever made," said Union Telecom Miniter Kapil Sibal.

Sibal clarified that journalists who came to his house sought a copy of the fresh draft of the Jan Lokpal Bill which had been handed over to the members of the Committee and sought further details with reference thereto. The Telecom Minister refused to give a copy of the draft in question.

The fact that no debriefing took place is confirmed by journalists who were present in his house and stated that the allegation made in Anna Hazare's letter has no factual basis.

JPN/Bureau