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Updated: April 24, 2011 15:43 IST

Lokpal panel: Dalit representative should be a Minister, says Hegde

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Lokpal Bill drafting committee member Santosh Hegde coming to attend the meeting at Maharashtra Sadan, in New Delhi on April 23, 2010. Photo: V. Sudershan
The Hindu Lokpal Bill drafting committee member Santosh Hegde coming to attend the meeting at Maharashtra Sadan, in New Delhi on April 23, 2010. Photo: V. Sudershan

Amid Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati’s demand for inclusion of a Dalit in the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Justice Santosh Hegde said if someone from the community should be included in the panel, then it should be one of the Dalit ministers.

“If at a Dalit is to be included in the panel, it should be one of the Dalit Ministers from the government,” he told reporters here.

His comments came in the backdrop of Ms. Mayawati’s demand for inclusion of a Dalit representative in the Lokpal drafting committee.

Justice Hegde, who is a member of the committee, had yesterday said, “if you have to have any caste-wise representation, then this committee can never be constituted.”

Another panel member Arvind Kejriwal also said the government could replace one of the five ministers with a dalit representative.

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