Activist Anna Hazare has got a helping hand from Bollywood. Actor Aamir Khan has backed Hazare’s version of the Lokpal, saying the ombudsman should not be under government’s control but accountable to the people of the country.
Significantly, Khan has also supported Hazare’s proposal that public grievances should be made part of the bill and penalties levied for non-compliance. Though he supported the view of bringing the PM, judiciary and MPs under the Lokpal’s purview, the actor differed with both Team Anna and government’s views on the selection of the Lokpal.
He said no politician should be in the panel and suggested that it should have four judges and four independent constitutional authorities.
The Team Anna’s bill proposes a selection committee of two politicians, four judges and two independent constitutional authorities. While government’s draft has a selection team that comprises six out of 10 members directly from the ruling establishment. Khan was responding to a questionnaire sent by Team Anna on key issues on the Lokpal bill that was sent to 250 people.
The actor also supported setting up of a Lokayukta in states, and merging of the anti-corruption branch of CBI with the Lokpal.
He felt that the Lokpal should not be under government’s control and that he should be accountable to the people of the country, a release issued by India Against Corruption said. Khan said the Lokpal should be empowered to remove corrupt public/government servants. And the Lokpal should also be responsible for protection of whistleblowers and witnesses. Economic Times