The former Lokayukta Santosh Hegde on Friday hailed anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal, who has been exposing series of scams allegedly involving prominent political leaders and industrialists.

“It is a good thing. As a matter of fact, such scams should come out in public domain. Otherwise people will not know about them. In a democratic set up, it is the duty of every citizen who is in possession of documents related to any scams to make them public,” Mr. Hegde, a key member of the erstwhile team of social activist Anna Hazare, told presspersons.

He did not agree with those who have been maintaining that Mr. Kejriwal should have taken the first case to the logical end before venturing into exposing a series of other scams. “It will take 12 years in India to take a corruption case to the logical end. So it would not have been possible for Mr. Kejriwal to expose these many scams if he was to take every case to the logical end,” he added.

“Let more cases come out. Let the authorities concerned investigate them. Otherwise there is a need to repeatedly mention about those scams in public,” he said. At the same time, Mr. Hegde made it clear that he was not joining Mr. Kejriwal as he had now become a politician.

More In: KARNATAKA | NATIONAL