Shantanu Datta | February 1, 2013
While Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal rejected the amended Lokpal Bill, cleared by the union cabinet on Thursday, Kiran Bedi, a key member of Team Anna, has backed it. Since most concerns have been addressed in the new draft it is time to give up the opposition, Bedi said on Thursday. But the same day, Hazare rejected the amended bill, calling it a "farce" and announced that he will launch another agitation if the government went ahead with the enactment of a "weak" legislation.
But since the CBI has not been made independent of the government’s control in the amended, “watered-down” bill, which was among the biggest demands of the erstwhile India Against Corruption team, will the bill serve any purpose to rid the country of corruption?
If it was needed at all, the supreme court has cleared the air. The Lokpal Act, it has ruled, is perfectly implementable even without the pending amendments. The interpretation from the apex court is welcome, but the government does not seem to be in any hurry to appoint the ombudsman in the first place.
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He accompanied his father to film studios in Chennai and helped him in designing sets, but Thota Tharrani wanted to be an artist. So he studied mural painting and print-making, but as luck would have it, he finally returned to tinsel town. And the world soon took note. In Mani Ratnam’s pa