Take one issue at a time, Hazare advises Kejriwal

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New Delhi, Oct 20: Veteran Gandhian activist Anna Hazare has advised India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal to focus more on one issue rather than targetting one political leader every week. He said Kejriwal should take each issue to its logical conclusion before taking up the next one.

Hazare, who had parted his way with Kejriwal after the latter decided to form a political party a couple of months ago, however, said that he might differ with the IAC member's methods to fight corruption but the fact remains that both of them have a common aim, i.e., to eradicate corruption.

Earlier, Kejriwal announced that his outfit will implement an internal Lokpal to verify corruption charges that have been brought against three IAC members, namely, Prashant Bhushan, Anjali Damani and Mayank Gandhi.

He said the IAC has sought help of some of the most eminent judges to probe the charges and already referred the cases to them. The IAC will officially write to the judges on Monday and then leave the rest to them, Kejriwal said.

Three judges who have been named in the ombudsmen for Kejriwal's yet-to-be-named party are former Delhi High Court Chief Justice AP Shah besides retired judges BH Marlapalle of Bombay High Court and Jaspal Singh of Delhi High Court.

Kejriwal also said that the three will have to quit the party if the allegations were proved right. Bhushan, Damani and Gandhi welcomed the move and claimed they were absolutely clean and will face any probe. While Bhushan was accused of indulging in irregularities in buying land in Himachal Pradesh, charges were made against Gandhi about maintaining 'illegal' links with builders in Mumbai. Damania, on the other hand, was accused of associating herself with dubious land deals in Maharashtra.

Kejriwal said that they have been requesting the government to initiate an independent inquiry into the matter and punish the guilty in the most stringent manner but the government was more interested in mud-slinging than actually probing the issue.

He said the government's lack of initiative forced themselves to form an independent ombudsmen comprising men of great integrity. Kejriwal said they would see that the probe reports are given as early as possible and within three months.

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