Anti-corruption war: Amir Khan extends hands to Anna Hazare

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Anna Hazare and Amir Khan
New Delhi, Apr 6: The popular Bollywood actor Amir Khan always voices for the good and against the malpractices in the society. Now, citing the fast-unto-death protest by Anna Hazare, the actor extended his helping hands towards the social activist.

Amir Khan has written a letter to Hazare and pledged his support to the cause, the actor also has written a letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Sources informed that Mr Khan requested the PM to pay heed to the activist's demands.

With innumerable scandals (2G spectrum scam, CWG, Adarsh housing scam and so on) the country is facing now, social activist Anna Hazare took things in his hand and took on the corrupt "babus" by fasting unto death against corruption.

Hazare's decision for holding the indefinite fast came over his demand to introduce a new Lokpal bill in the Parliament to tackle the numerous corruptions that has ruined the roots of Indian political scenario.

Starting his protest on Tuesday, Apr 5, Hazare claimed, "Like Supreme Court (SC) and Election Commission, an independent body called Jan Lokpal should be set up at the Centre and a Jan Lokayukta should be set up in each state to receive complaints of corruption, investigate them within six months and prosecute the guilty."

What is Lokpal Bill?

Lokpal Bill is a measure to conduct an investigation regarding involvements of people with high profiles (Prime Ministers, Chief Justice of India (CJI) and so on). The bill will provide speedy, cheaper form of justice to people.

The Lokpal bill will not wait for any permission from the high commission to begin the inquiry into the alleged irregularities and corruption charges against political leaders, judge's or even the Chief Justice of India (CJI).

In the proposed system, politicians will not have any say in selections of chairperson and members of Lokpal. Loss caused to government will be recovered from accused. The punishment, if found guilty will be 5 years to maximum life term in the proposed system. Right now the punishment is 6 months to maximum 7 years.

However, Lokpal Bills were introduced in the Parliament several times (1969, 1971, 1977, 1985, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005 and in 2008) but failed to be passed all these times.

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