Lok Satta

Tuesday, 19 April 2011 11:29

Dr. JP decries mudslinging against Lok Pal Committee members

Besmirching the reputation and undermining the credibility of the non-official members of the committee appointed to draft the Lok Pal Bill is totally unwarranted, said Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan here today.

In a media statement, Dr. JP said there could be no two opinions on the need for a robust and independent Ombudsman to eradicate corruption. There can be genuine differences of opinion on specific proposals calling for reasoned debate for resolving them. Mudslinging will merely derail the just and worthy cause for which India against Corruption is fighting.

Dr. JP pointed out that both Shanthi Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, members of the committee, have impeccable credentials and they do not require certificates from anybody. Even in the hypothetical case of some members’ credentials being suspect, the focus should be on what they have to say and not what they are.

Dr. JP recalled that politicians of mainstream political parties have been getting away by accusing each other of being more corrupt and conveniently burying the demand for an impartial investigation. A similar fate should not befall the move to create an independent and powerful Lok Pal, Dr. JP added.