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Kiran Bedi supports Lokpal amendments

Posted on Feb 01, 12:18PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Feb 1 : Key Anna Hazare group member Kiran Bedi has supported the latest Union Cabinet's clearance of some key amendments in the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill even as social activist Anna Hazare and Aam Aadmi Party leaders called it a weak Lokpal.

While the critics slammed the government for still making the CBI director susceptible to political influence, Bedi said the selection of the director of CBI is considerably corrected.

She said the selection by a three-member committee is better.

"It has a fixed tenure of two years. Any case of corruption referred to CBI will not be under the government or politicians and that is good," Kiran Bedi is quoted in media saying.

Bedi tweeted: "If Select Committee Recommendations on Lokpal r [are] cleared by Cabinet then it's a beginning made. It's an improvement over earlier Standing Committee."

However Arvind Kejriwal and his colleages like Prashant Bhushan said CBI is still made ineffective and the Lokpal is still weak.

Anna Hazare himself trashed the new bill and said he has written a letter to Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister asking for bringing CBI and CVC under the Lokpal to make it effective to check corruption.

The Union Cabinet has approved the proposals submitted by the Department of Personnel and Training for moving official amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 on Thursday as reported by the Select Committee of Rajya Sabha.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 was passed by the Lok Sabha on Dec 27, 2011.