Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bring Breach of Privilege motion against Shri Anna Hazare and Shri Arvind Kejriwal

I had recently written the following petition and hosted it at the following url. Didn't think anyone would bother to sign. I'm surprised 15 people have signed it. I hereby declare the campaign a massive success :-)

http://www.petitiononline.com/lokparls/petition.html

To: Hon'ble Speaker, Lok Sabha and Hon'ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha

Summary:

1. Please bring a breach of Parliamentary privilege motion against Shri Anna Hazare and Shri Arvind Kejriwal for threatening Loksabha Members with pressure to pass a Lokpal Bill before August 15, 2011, which may or may not have public support.

2. Please take up with the President of India and the Supreme Court, the issue of conflict of interest in Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde drafting a bill, to be tabled in your house, that may vest more authority in his current constitutional office.

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As you might be aware, a 10 member committee to draft a Lokpal Bill has been constituted and notified in the Official Gazette. The following citizens, including five members of Parliament, have been made members of the draft committee.

1. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Union Finance Minister and Member of Lok Sabha
2. Shri Palaniappan Chidambaram, Union Home Minister and Member of Lok Sabha
3. Shri Veerappa Moily, Union Law Minister and Member of Lok Sabha
4. Shri Kapil Sibal, Union HRD, Communications and IT Minister and Member of Lok Sabha
5. Shri Salman Kurshid, Union Water Resources and Minority Affairs Minister and Member of Lok Sabha

6. Justice Santosh Hegde, Karnataka Lokayukta and former Supreme Court Judge
7. Shri Shanti Bhushan, private citizen and former Union Law Minister
8. Shri Anna Hazare, private citizen and social activist
9. Shri Arvind Kejriwal, private citizen and social activist
10. Shri Prashant Bhushan, private citizen and social activist

The above committee is slated to meet for the first time on April 16, 2011. Couple of members of the committee, Shri Anna Hazare and Shri Arvind Kejriwal have issued statements threatening to bring pressure on the members of the Lok Sabha, if the yet to be drafted Lokpal bill is not passed by Parliament on or before August 15, 2011.

The undersigned citizens of India express our gratitude towards the social activists for mobilizing public opinion against corruption in public offices. However we wish to bring to your notice that Hon'ble members of Parliament in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have debated a similar bill on eight occasions and have not found it appropriate to make the bill into law.

While amendments to the said Lokpal Bill or a new draft of the bill may, upon approval by you, be tabled for debate by the treasury or any member of both houses, the institution of a draft committee comprising unelected members might be in violation of our Constitution.

Hence We, the undersigned,

1. request you to verify the constitutional validity of such a committee and if needed pass appropriate ruling on such a bill, if and when its tabled in your house.

2. we also urge you to consider the possibility of approaching the Hon'ble President of India to request the opinion of the Supreme Court of India on the validity of the notification issued to constitute such a committee.

3. we request you to peruse the statements* made by Shri Anna Hazare and Shri Arvind Kejriwal threatening to bring pressure on the members of Lok Sabha to pass the bill drafted by their committee or else face protests starting August 15, 2011. In our Republic, the Parliament of India has the right to altogether refuse the creation of the constitutional post of Lokpal and not merely decide the quantum of authority that may be vested in that office. Their statement demanding a particular outcome of a parliamentary debate and the accompanied threat of protest otherwise, might be in breach of the privilege of Parliament.

4. we also urge you to look into the conflict of interest, if any, that arises from the inclusion of the Karnataka Lokayukta Justice Santosh Hegde in the drafting committee. He holds a constitutional office and it may not be appropriate for him to draft a partisan bill that may have a bearing on the very office he is currently occupying. Please consider taking this conflict of interest issue to the President of India and the Supreme Court.

5. look into the arbitrary inclusion of private citizens in the drafting committee and the absence of women members which may not have arisen if your office had been consulted.

* - News report in The Hindu newspaper on the statements made by Shri Anna Hazare and Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

http://www.hindu.com/2011/04/10/stories/2011041064801200.htm


Thanks.

Sincerely,

The Undersigned

3 comments:

pumpa said...

Congratulations on embarking on such an exercise. But this alone is not going to achieve anything. These troublemakers, both Baba ramdev and Anna Hazarika are holding an elected government to ransom. Expose these frauds who are stooges of the Opposition parties. The BJP at the centre and the communist party in Kerala is behind this. They are extending secret support to this movement. Baba Ramdev is now threatening the government and Anna Hazare the psuodo gandian has not landed in Cochin in Kerala to create trouble there also and to hold secret discussions it is said with communist leaders. Who are these people to dictate things on an elected government. What you and and your supporters have to do is to approach the supreme court in large numbers. And also lead mass agitations against this practice of staging street dramas to pressurize elected governments. What is need of general elections if this sort of practice is going to be resorted to. People are not fools. This is all being staged by the opposition parties to unseat the Congress. The need of the hour is arrest both Baba ramdev and Anna hazare for threatening an elected government with fast unto death which is a form of suicide

Anonymous said...

This clearly tells you are in support of corrupt and your family is involved in corruption, What do you know about these MP's , They live on our tax paid money , how they get elected again corruption by giving drinks and sarees and money. Govt department should pay each MP 100 cr pre annum how this is generated by taking money to pass the file

Anonymous said...

You suffer from an Attention deficit disorder perhaps?
15 - Wow!, that's massive! haha