Expect watered down version of Lokpal Bill: Hegde
"The discussion on the bill is nearly over and after the last meeting. Of what you read between two parties, they do not seem to see eye to eye and hence I am apprehensive of the outcome of this effort," said a candid Hegde."They will bring a bill for a certain, but how strong the bill is going to be is a question," the former Supreme Court judge, who represents civil society on the Lokpal panel, said.
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Image: Justice Santosh Hegde
'Today they want to keep CBI out, next it will be the police'
On the Central Bureau of Investigation being kept out of the Right To Information Act, he said, "Today they want to keep out CBI, tomorrow it will be the police".Once an investigation was over, there could be sharing of data to ensure transparency, he opined. However, he was of the opinion that the current strong anti-corruption feeling would have some bearing on elections. "One day the government will realise they had got an opportunity to earn a good name, but that they had missed the bus," said the Lokayukta.
'Lokpal Bill will not completely eradicate corruption'
But the Lokayukta was all in favour of the anti- corruption crusader Anna Hazare continuing his battle against graft. "Annaji must continue his fight against corruption, personally. He must not go on any hunger strike immediately. He must go around the country and inform people about the consequences of corruption and on development. "He is the right person to do so," said Hegde, adding that post-retirement he would lend all his support to Anna.Hegde said he would not quit the committee but would not be present in the last two meetings owing to prior engagement, he said.