NEW DELHI: There is nothing wrong in bringing the Prime Minister under the jurisdiction of Lokpal as like others he is also a public servant, the former Supreme Court Judge and erstwhile Karnataka Lokayukta, Mr N Santosh Hegde said today.
“What is wrong in the Lokpal having jurisdiction over the Prime Minister? Is the Prime Minister not a public servant? Aren’t there cases of corruption against PMs in other countries? In Japan, you find every other year a Prime Minister is prosecuted. (Former US President Richard) Nixon was prosecuted… What is so great about the PM?,” he asked, noting that the position of the Lokpal was akin to “giving a dog a bad name and kicking it”, he said there have been allegations of corruption against Indian PMs in the past and added that only the President and Governors are excluded from being prosecuted and not the PM.
“We have had allegations of corruption against two former PMs— Bofors and the JMM bribery case. In a democracy, how can a person merely because he is holding an office be excluded from prosecution? The Constitution excludes the prosecution of the President and the Governors in some cases…One can’t apply the same principle on a man who passes executive orders on a daily basis,” he said.
Responding to a query as to how he expects Mr Arvind Kejriwal‘s newly-launched ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ to perform, Mr Hegde raised doubts about its success saying it was not an “easy job”.
“My only apprehension is how far will a political party survive because of the very many demands of the political system, these days. It requires a huge amount of money to elect nearly 546 Members of Parliament from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It is not going to be an easy job.
“It is a good thing in principle, but in reality, can it succeed?” he asked.