They cannot call it a ‘Jokepal bill’ without reading it: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Dec. 22: Kiran Bedi, a close aide of anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare and a former senior police officer said the Aam Aadmi Party had no right to call the recently passed Lokpal Bill as ‘Jokepal bill’ without even reading it.

“The AAP cannot call the recently passed Lokpal Bill as a Jokepal Bill without even reading it,” said Bedi.

“Mr. Gopal Rai and Shanti Bhushan had called it a Jokepal Bill but they have not even read it. They said it was not out in the public domain that is why they could not read it but it was out long back,” she said.

“In fact, the select committee reports were out in public domain for a year,” she added.

The proposed anti-graft law provides for a Lokpal or national ombudsman to investigate corruption charges against public functionaries.

The Lok Sabha had passed the Lokpal Bill in 2011 to create a Central Lokayukta.

Transparency’s landmark 2005 study of corruption in India found that as many as 62% of all citizens have had first-hand experience in paying bribes or using influence peddling to get jobs done in public offices. (ANI)