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Arguments against Jan Lokpal bill

April 17, 2011 / Jigar Patel

My arguments against some of the features of Jan Lokpal bill promoted by IAC.

But won’t the government appoint corrupt and weak people as Lokpal members? That won’t be possible because its members will be selected by judges, citizens and constitutional authorities and not by politicians, through a completely transparent and participatory process.

Jan Lokpal will be elected by Judges, Citizens and Constitutional authorities. A politician is also elected by the same citizens. How can we expect that a person, who voted for Mayawati or Karunanidhi in assembly elections, will not vote for their kins during Jan Lokpal elections? Will he have to two standards for elections, choose a corrupt MP/MLA during political elections (and fly their political party’s flag) and choose an honest Lokpal during Lokpal elections (and fly a tricolor)? Also, is Indian Judiciary totally corruption free? Judges are as corrupt as politicians.

What if some officer in Lokpal becomes corrupt? The entire functioning of Lokpal/ Lokayukta will be completely transparent. Any complaint against any officer of Lokpal shall be investigated and the officer dismissed within two months.

Then what? Another election? Once bitten, will people become twice shy? Who will bear the cost of another election?

So, you could approach Lokpal if your ration card or passport or voter card is not being made or if police is not registering your case or any other work is not being done in prescribed time. Lokpal will have to get it done in a month’s time. You could also report any case of corruption to Lokpal like ration being siphoned off, poor quality roads been constructed or panchayat funds being siphoned off. Lokpal will have to complete its investigations in a year, trial will be over in next one year and the guilty will go to jail within two years.

Indian Judiciary system is one of the largest in the world. In spite of that we have millions of pending cases. A single Lokpal will be more efficient than thousands of judges, huh?

Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore: Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within two years.

This would give people like Medha Patkar and Arundhati Roy, a free run. Almost all deals (be it good or bad) involve corruption. And it really does not matter as long as development is going on. Bribes, at times, are means of making the process more efficient.

So whats the best thing one can do?

Go out and fucking vote in loksabha elections, assembly elections or local civic body elections. If two corrupt people are standing in the elections, vote for the better person and elect him as your MP/MLA. Trust the power of evolution. It is the most powerful force in this world. Eventually, evolution will weed out the bad people. It has already happened. Look at Bihar, MP, Gujarat and Uttarakhand.