By Sanjeev Singhai.

We all know that the Government of India and specially politicians are very nervous about about current agitation of Anna Hazare‘s India Against Corruption ( I too understand that corruption will not end with the introduction of proposed draft of the bill by the Civil Society.  But what it will certainly do is that, it will help establishing the Fear of Law in large section of society; specially who are fearlessly involved in corruption and are not hesitating in looting this country. China punishes thousands of their political cadre and official severely (even with death penalty) on corruption charges. And they find hard to get rid of the corruption. But the fear of masses to get involve in corrupt practices is so much that a large section keep themselves away and country like China is able to grow faster than India.

Hindi has a word “ANKUSH,” (meaning Goad), which comes to mind at this point of time. When corruption is at peak, what we need to do is to goad it. And I am sure this new bill will just do that.

No one is hijacking the Authority of Parliament. Parliament is Supreme and will remain so. Every now and than Parliament amends the old law and Parliamentarians will always have right and freedom to change this bill also in future. But non of the political parties (both in power and opposition) want to curb or deal with corruption as that will directly effect them and hence are not showing Political Will. So we the people of this country need to take a stand for better tomorrow. We need to decide today whether it is acceptable to us remain scapegoat in the hands of these politician and they will keep sucking our blood?

Here are the reasons why the corrupts are not supporting the draft of the Anna’s version of Jan Lokpal Bill:

Existing System


System Proposed by civil society

No politician or senior officer ever goes to jail despite huge evidence because Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) and CBI directly come under the government.  Before  starting investigation or prosecution in any case, they have to take permission from the same bosses, against whom the case has to be investigated. Lokpal at centre and Lokayukta at state level will be independent bodies. ACB and CBI will be merged into these bodies. They will have power to initiate investigations and prosecution against any officer or politician without needing anyone’s permission. Investigation should be completed within 1 year and trial to get over in next 1 year. Within two years, the corrupt should go to jail.
No corrupt officer is dismissed from the job because Central Vigilance Commission, which is supposed to dismiss corrupt officers, is only an advisory body.  Whenever it advises government to dismiss any senior corrupt officer, its advice is never implemented.  Lokpal and Lokayukta will have complete powers to order dismissal of a corrupt officer. CVC and all departmental vigilance will be merged into Lokpal and state vigilance will be merged into Lokayukta.
No action is taken against corrupt judges because permission is required from the Chief Justice of India to even register an  FIR against corrupt judges.  Lokpal & Lokayukta shall have powers to investigate and prosecute any judge without needing anyone’s permission.
Nowhere to go – People expose corruption but no action is taken on their complaints.  Lokpal & Lokayukta will have to enquire into and hear every complaint.
There is so much corruption within CBI and vigilance departments. Their functioning is so secret that it encourages corruption within these agencies.   All investigations in Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be transparent. After completion of investigation, all case records shall be open to public.  Complaint against any staff of Lokpal & Lokayukta shall be enquired and punishment announced within two months.
Weak and corrupt people are appointed as heads of anti-corruption agencies. Politicians will have absolutely no say in selections of Chairperson and members of Lokpal & Lokayukta. Selections will take place through a transparent and public participatory process.
Citizens face harassment in government offices. Sometimes they are forced to pay bribes. One can only complaint to senior officers. No action is taken on complaints because senior officers also get their cut. Lokpal & Lokayukta will get public grievances resolved in time bound manner, impose a penalty of Rs 250 per day of delay to be deducted from the salary of guilty officer and award that amount as compensation to the aggrieved citizen.
Nothing in law to recover ill gotten wealth.  A corrupt person can come out of jail and enjoy that money.  Loss caused to the government due to corruption will be recovered from all accused.
Small punishment for corruption- Punishment for corruption is minimum 6 months and maximum 7 years. Enhanced punishment – The punishment would be minimum 5 years and maximum of life imprisonment.

(Comparison as per received by email)

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