The composition of the joint draft committee for Jan Lokpal Bill is against the spirit of Constitution, said ex-chairperson of the Karnataka State Backward Class Commission Ravivarma Kumar.

He was delivering a talk on “Jan Lokpal Bill” on the campus of Kuvempu University in Shankaraghatta near here on Wednesday.

Mr. Kumar said it was necessary to have people's representatives for the committees that work on issues of national importance. On the contrary, persons who were in the good books of the Congress were made members for the draft committee on Jan Lokpal Bill. He said the rationale behind having members of the same family in the committee should be questioned.

Different sections of Indian society were not accommodated in the committee. There was no proper representation for the Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and women in the committee, he said.

The Left parties and regional political parties like the AIADMK, the DMK, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and the Akali Dal had been excluded from the process of forming the draft for the crucial Bill, he said.

Referring to the discussion on bringing the top positions in Legislature, Judiciary, and Executive under the purview of the Bill, suggestions such as making it mandatory to seek permission from the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for lodging complaint against the people's representatives, would mislead the struggle against corruption. It was unfortunate that, politicians indulged in corrupt practices were trying to weaken the Bill at the very stage of drafting, by creating confusions, he said.

Vice-Chancellor of Kuvempu University S.A. Bari said the youth had a responsible role to play in the campaign against corruption.

The programme was organised by the Prasaranga of Kuvempu University. Director of Prasaranga G. Prashanth Naik, deputy director Shivananda Kelaginamani, and assistant director Sampath Kumar were present..

  • ‘No proper representation from BC, SC, ST and women on the committee'
  • Rationale behind having members of the same family questioned