Opposing the Jan Lokpal Bill proposed by ‘Team Anna Hazare', a group of lawyers, RTI activists, human rights supports and members of the civil society met in the Capital on Saturday “to discuss and voice their concerns about the proposed Bill”.
Calling it a “fascist document designed by some fascist forces”, film-maker Mahesh Bhatt speaking at the meeting ‘Lokpal: Alternate Voices' said: “In this case we need to safeguard from those who call themselves the saviours of mankind. This Bill isn't designed to help the people of the nation and is being proposed by a group of people who aren't ready to listen to the opposition of the Bill and that is a very dangerous trend. Team Anna Hazare's stand on the issue is simple – if you aren't with us you are against us and that is no way to work and live in a democratic system.”
RTI activist Nikhil Dey cautioned the gathering stating that while Team Anna Hazare is proposing an all powerful commission under the Bill that will check and regulate corruption in the society it gives no real power to the common man. “Corruption cannot be eradicated by weakening the Indian Constitution or the democratic set up of the country. The country today does not need alternative Gods, it needs a thinking reacting public which has the power to question,” said Mr. Dey.
Legal activist Vrinda Grover said: “The Anna Hazare team cannot have this Bill passed without any opposition as what the Bill proposes for the common man is unthinkable. It is absurd to think that a single organisation created under the proposed Bill will be the answer to all the corruption related problems. We know that this organisation will not deliver and we cannot endorse this Bill that is clearly a fraud being played on the people. There are checks and balances and organisations in the country that have been put into place to net corruption: we should ensure that they function well.”
Lawyer Rebecca John said: “Anyone who reads through the Bill will realise that it is senseless. This Bill seems like a wish list and it has a very dangerous connotation.”
This story has been edited to delete a quote that was wrongly attributed to Nikhil Dey in some print editions of The Hindu