Kejriwal sets up ‘Lokpal’ to probe 3 members

FP

With some of its leading activists facing various land-related allegations, India Against Corruption (IAC) today said the charges against Prashant Bhushan, Mayank Gandhi and Anjali Damania would be probed by a panel of three retired judges.

Arvind Kejriwal, however, ruled out suspending any of them from the IAC's proposed political party till the inquiry is completed.

Kejriwal said the three judges — former Delhi High Court Chief Justice A P Shah, Justice (retd) B H Marlapalle and Justice (retd) Jaspal Singh — are his party's "internal Lokpal". They "would be requested to expeditiously inquire into these charges and give their report as early as possible, within three months," said the IAC.

The cases will be presented to the panel by Monday. "The ombudsmen would be requested to examine in depth the allegations and material against the IAC members, their defence and give a report on whether the allegations show any illegal or immoral act being committed by the IAC members. If any member is found guilty of any illegal or immoral activity he would be expected to resign from the proposed party," said the IAC.

Asked if the trio would be suspended since his outfit had demanded Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid's resignation following allegations that his trust had misused government funds, Kejriwal replied: "They (the three IAC members) can't influence the probe. Salmanji can do that. They are not holding any posts. In any case, we will ask the Lokpal. If the Lokpal say they should be removed, we have no problem. The question of removal comes when they can influence the probe, destroy the evidence and influence the witnesses... Do you think Anjali Damania can influence Justice A P Shah?" He said anyone can send "whatever evidence" they have to the panel. While Kejriwal did not elaborate on the allegations, he said that whenever the IAC raises an issue of corruption, it is asked about Bhushan's land in Palampur and Gandhi's links with builders.

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