New Delhi: Clarifying stand on inclusion of judges of higher judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal, Arvind Kejriwal, one of the representatives of the Civil Society on the Lokpal panel, reiterated on Monday that they have not changed their stand on the issue.
Speaking to Dainik Jagran, Kejriwal said that they have not diluted their stand on the issue and all representatives of the Civil Society, including Anna Hazare, unanimously would like to see judges being brought under the ambit of Lokpal.

 “All representatives want to keep judiciary under its ambit. Yes, if public opinion builds up, the Chief Justice of India can be kept out of it,” he said.

The inclusion of judiciary is one of the most widely discussed elements of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The discussion gained momentum on Sunday when difference in opinions of the members of Civil Society emerged. It was reported that all members apart from Prashant Bhushan and Shanti Bhushan are ready to remove the proposal from the Lokpal Bill. 

However, Kejriwal refuted all such differences and termed reports quoting Anna Hazare’s viewpoints on the issue as ‘false’.  “Anna merely suggested that CJI can be kept out of Lokpal Bill,” said Kejriwal.

In order to dispel all confusion, the Civil Society members also issued a statement on Monday stating that they would ideally like judiciary to be brought under the ambit of office of Lokpal.

 

JPN/Bureau