Should they , shouldn’t they?. The question of whether shanti bhushan and prashant bhushan must resign from committee set up for drafting lok pal bill is right now million dollar question. The Lok Pal bill which has not been passed since last 40+ years has unprecedented opportunity to get passed in winter session.
Anna Hazare took on the government by his agitation and using fast as tool to bring government under pressure. Government blinked and accepted anna’s demand of inducting 5 members from civil society which includes prashant bhushan and shanti bhushan.
The role of committee which include 5 member of civil society and 5 member from government , is to draft lok pal bill which would be put in front of parliament so that parliament can pass it.
As soon as committee was announced controversies began to erupt. First it was baba ram dev who objected that two members from same family were being part of committee.
Then came un called for modi controversy erupted after anna praised modi and finally came CD controversy regarding shanti bhushan. After CD controversy came land controversy where shanti bhushan was beneficiary. The reply of shanti bhushan is far from desirable. He said that he was surprised when land got alloted to him and he had heard that people paid bribes to get land but he didnt pay single rupee. He admitted that there was lack of transparency in allocation but he believed that those who didnt get land must complain , why should he complain?.
As debate of whether shanti bhushan and his son must resign or not ,gets heated up , anna and his team has declared firm support to bhushans. I believe shanti bhushan and prashnat bhushan must resign. I dont doubt their integrity but since allegations are there and till they are proven innocent , they must resign. We can’t have two different yard sticks for two different entities. If politicians are asked to resign on basis of allegation, the rule applies to civil society too.
As far as legal experts are concerned we have many legal experts who can take charge. What we need is legal experts which no controversy ,so that lok pal bill can see light of the day. Our goal is to get lok pal bill and we do need strictest lok pal bill but our who drafts from civil society matters less and what matters more is we have strong bill.I also believe that people like kiran bedi should be part of committee. She has worked with the system for long years and she can understand how system operates more.
I have expressed my opinion on the issue but I would like readers to express their opinions too. What do you think?.Should shanti bhushan , Prashant bhushan resign?.