Anna Hazare back in Delhi, threatens govt with indefinite fast

Team Anna demands special investigation team consisting of three retired judges to probe graft charges against ministers

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Jasleen Kaur | July 24, 2012




Anna Hazare is back in the capital to press for his demand of getting the Lokpal Bill passed. Addressing the media Anna said his doctor has advised him not to go on a fast. Anna Hazare's three close aides -- Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai -- sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here while the 74-year-old activist is on a dharna.

He said he has no option but go on a fast to get the Lokpal Bill passed. "The government is only giving assurance and not passing the bill," he said. 

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After visiting the Gandhi's Samadhi in the morning, Anna long with his team will assemble at the Jantar Mantar around 11 am. "The government is trying to break my team and cause damage to our image," he said.

He said they want the Lokpal Bill passed to curb corruption in the country. "We are not demanding anything for us, all we want is a corruption free country. We know Lokpal cannot totally end corruption but such cases will come down by at least 60-65 percent. Perhaps the government does not want to root out this evil palguing our society and has time and again betrayed us," he said.

Anna has given the government a 4-day ultimatum to pass the Bill before he joins his colleagues on fast from Sunday.

Arvind Kejriwal, who termed the election of Pranab Mukherjee as unfortunate for the country, said all those who have supported and backed him have cheated the country.

He said there are three demands of the team and the government should ensure that these demands are met. "Out of the 34 ministers, we have corruption cases against against 15. The day the Lokpall bill is passed these ministers will be put behind the bars," he said.

Kejriwal said there should be a special investigation team consisting of three retired judges to investigate corruption charges against these ministers. He also said fast track courts should be set up for early dispensation of cases against ministers. "Out of these 15 ministers, one is our new president Pranab Mukherjee. After he will be sworn in as the president, no case could be registered against him. But we will keep telling people about what he has done."

Other present at the conference were Kiran Bedi, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodia.

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