Civil rights experiment is over: Sibal

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 08:31 AM IST
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The activists will not be a party again to the drafting of a law

SAMIRAN SARANGI AND AJAY KAUL New Delhi After a not so pleasant experience of engaging with Anna Hazares team in drafting of the Lokpal Bill, the government point man on the Bill says that there will be no such experiment in the future.

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, one of the key members of the Lokpal joint drafting committee, also maintains that no precedent has been set. I dont say it is a precedent.

In the given situation, the government was in, it is a decision that we took with our eyes wide open and I dont consider it to be a precedent… the government was in a particular situation, Sibal told PTI in an interview.

He was asked if in future, too, some activists could resort to an agitation to be part of the law- making process. Sibal emphasised that the draft bill prepared by the five ministers was not the final bill and it will go through changes when we get inputs not just from other political parties but also other members of civil society. The government is holding a meeting with political parties on the issue on July 3. Sibal refused to make any comment on Hazares decision to go on hunger issue was how do you set up an authority outside the system not accountable to anybody. “ How do you ensure that that authority, which is outside the system, will function in a chaste manner, uncorrupted, only because it is under the Lokpal. These are the essential issues that were of concern to us, on which, of course, there was huge divergence of opinion.” However, Sibal termed the experience of working with civil activists in law- making as “ enriching” and would not “ castigate” the views of Hazare team which included Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Hegde, father- son lawyer duo of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan and RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal.

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