Social Activist Swami Agnivesh, who is closely associated with the civil society members on the Lokpal Bill drafting committee has said that there was no problem in carrying out a probe into allegations made against the Bhushans, but the allegations should not be linked with their work on the committee. In an interview with Karan Thapar, he also said once the Lokpal law was enacted, there is no problem in probing corruption charges against civil society members.
Swami Agnivesh: This is for a limited period, with a limited mandate to draft a legislation - the work stops on June 30, and then everybody is free to hunt them, to find whatever was wrong with them, punish them if they are guilty, so there is no problem with that.
Karan Thapar: You are saying something very interesting - don't continue with this scrutiny till June 30, when the drafting is over on the June 30, revive the scrutiny, find them guilty and punish them. In other words you are saying - give them a reprieve till the June 30, then continue?
Swami Agnivesh: Well, I am not saying that give them a reprieve as such. I would say start the case if you have any fact, figures or case against them, we have no problem with that, but don't relate that to drafting committee, that is what I am saying.
We are here to draft a legislation which will ultimately fight corruption tooth and nail in this country, we'll fight against corruption at every level, even after this bill has been legislated and made into a law - if there is corruption charges against any of the members of civil society, who are on the committee, we will fight against those corruption charges also
Karan Thapar: Including the Bhushans?
Swami Agnivesh: Including the Bhushans.