Christian leaders demand a strong Lokpal bill

November 16, 2011 by  
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Lokpal BillNew Delhi, November 15, 2011: Reiterating their demand for an effective Lokpal Bill, Christian leaders from various denominations have given their suggestions to make the anti-corruption law more effective.

Churches recognize that laws alone do not wipe out corruption. However, it is still of the opinion that a strong legislation is required to fight against the social evil,” said the Catholic and protestant leaders in a statement.

The statement was issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, National Council of Churches in India and Young Women’s Christian Association.

The statement said that Team Anna’s version of the bill disturbs the balance of power of the judiciary, while there are weaknesses in the government bill.

It suggested that the bill should have jurisdiction over the prime minister with certain riders but at the same time his/her position should be safeguarded against malicious or baseless targeting by groups who would like to disrupt democracy.

The elected representatives should also come under its purview but they should continue to enjoy the privileges of the Parliament, the statement said.

It said that the Central Vigilance Commission needs to be revamped and accorded autonomy and the power to prosecute.

Judiciary should be kept out of the purview of the bill was another suggestion.

The statement said that the new bill should urge each state to have state Lokayuktas with similar powers of the Lokpal in the centre.

Introduction of appropriate grievance procedures and appointment of grievance redressal officers was also one of the suggestions.

It also stated that there should be a provision for recovery of the assets or confiscation of properties from the offenders.

– press release

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