Kiran Bedi differs with Anna Hazare, backs amended Lokpal Bill

Kiran Bedi differs with Anna Hazare, backs amended Lokpal Bill
New Delhi:  Differing with Anna Hazare on the amended Lokpal Bill approved by the Union Cabinet, his team member and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi today backed the legislation saying it addresses most of their concerns.

Bedi also expressed happiness over the amended Bill paving the way for constitution of a collegium to select the chief of Central Bureau of Investigation.

"From nothing to something to more, as we move on! This is how we can read the lokpal bill! Unless we want to stay at nothing!" she tweeted.

She also most of the concerns have been addressed in the draft and cited the appointment of CBI chief and other changes as positive ones.

"(CBI's) its Anti-Corruption wing has been brought under oversight of Lokpal. Which is what we needed!" she said. The activist said, "It is open to opposition parties to improve the Lokpal as part of their manifesto!"

Her remarks contradict Anna Hazare's stand that the amended Lokpal bill was a "farce". He also announced he will launch another agitation if the government went ahead with the enactment of a "weak" legislation.
Story First Published: February 01, 2013 15:40 IST

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