Govt’s comparison lopsided: Bhushan to Pranab

Slams centre on Lokpal Bill


Danish Raza | June 27, 2011

Shanti Bhushan, co-chairperson of the drafting committee on Lokpal Bill has said that the government has not represented fully the views of the civil society members of the committee while comparing the two versions of the draft - one prepared by the government and the other by the civil society.

The government has released a section-wise comparative chart to the political parties to analyse the two versions of the bill.

Bhushan expressed his dissent about this chart in a letter written to finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, co-chairperson of the committee.

“This chart does not present the Jan Lokpal Bill accurately. Whereas there are inaccuracies at many places, the section from the Jan Lokpal Bill has not been fully quoted at many other places. Any person reading this chart will be completely in the dark about the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill,” said Bhushan, adding that the government should release such comparison of the two drafts by the consent of the civil society members.

Bhsuah was also critical of the views of the law minister that the government draft was the 'real' draft and Anna’s draft was at best a 'dissent note'.

“Both the drafts enjoy equal weightage as far as the outcome of the joint committee is concerned. I would urge to treat the drafts as the outcome of the joint committee,” he said in a letter written on Monday.



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