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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Anna Hazare,Jan Lokpal Bill,govt's response and subsequent rally and fasting

The Jan Lokpal Bill (Citizen's ombudsman Bill) is a draft anti-corruption bill drawn up by prominent civil society activists seeking the appointment of a Jan Lokpal, an independent body that would investigate corruption cases, complete the investigation within a year and envisages trial in the case getting over in the next one year. Drafted by Justice Santosh Hegde (former Supreme Court Judge and former Lokayukta of Karnataka), Prashant Bhushan (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Arvind Kejriwal (RTI activist), the draft Bill envisages a system where a corrupt person found guilty would go to jail within two years of the complaint being made and his ill-gotten wealth being confiscated. It also seeks power to the Jan Lokpal to prosecute politicians and bureaucrats without government permission.

Salient Features of Jan Lokpal Bill:

1. An institution called LOKPAL at the centre and LOKAYUKTA in each state will be set up

2. Like Supreme Court and Election Commission, they will be completely independent of the governments. No minister or bureaucrat will be able to influence their investigations.

3.  Investigations in any case will have to be completed in one year. Trial should be completed in next one year so that the corrupt politician, officer or judge is sent to jail within 2 years.Cases against corrupt people will not linger on for years anymore:

4. The loss that a corrupt person caused to the government will be recovered at the time of conviction.

5. How will it help a common citizen: If any work of any citizen is not done in prescribed time in any government office, Lokpal will impose financial penalty on guilty officers, which will be given as compensation to the complainant

 India Against Corruption movement is an expression of collective anger of people of India against corruption and to force/request/persuade/pressurize the Government to enact the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Anna hazare,Arvind Kejriwal,Baba Ramdev,Swami Agnivesh,Sri Sri Ravishankar,B.R Lulla,Subhash Chandra Aggarwal,Mallika Sarabhai,Justice T S Tewatia,Syed Rizvi,Mufti Shamoon Qasmi,Syed ShahFazlur Rahman Waizi,Mahamood Madani,Arcbishop Vincent M Concesso,Pradeep gupta,Kamal Kant Jaswal,Vishwas Utagi,Davinder Sharma,Sunita Godhra,Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi , Swami Agnivesh, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Anna Hazare and Mallika Sarabhai are  part of the movement, called India Against Corruption.

Chronology of events that lead to the fast @ Ramlila from Aug 19,2011
  • Anna Hazare announces fast unto death from April 5 if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh does not decide on civil society's inclusion in drafting the bill - Feb 26,2011
  • Anna Hazare begins fast at Delhi's Jantar Mantar - April 5,2011
  • Anna Hazare announces decision to end fast as government agrees to form 10-member panel of civil society members and union ministers to draft a stringent anti-corruption law -April 8,2011
  • Anna Hazare ends fast -April 9,2011
  • Joint committee's first meet and both sides exchange drafts - April 16,2011
  • Second meet ends with "no difference of opinion" - May 2,2011
  • Agreement on independent Lokpal with powers to initiate investigation and prosecution - May 7,2011
  • Agreement on empowering Lokpal to order list of movable and immovable assets of accused in corruption cases when sufficient evidence found to book them - May 23,2011
  • Differences appear as government disagrees on including prime minister, Supreme and High Court judges and MPs' conduct in parliament within Lokpal's ambit - May 30,2011
  • Civil society members boycott meet a day after police crackdown against yoga guru Baba Ramdev's fast in Delhi's Ramlila Maidan -June 6,2011
  • No consensus on inclusion of prime minister, Supreme and High Court judges - June 15,2011
  • Some ice melts amid war of words; government calls it "major step forward" June 20,2011
  • Last meeting of joint committee ends on sour note. 
  • Both sides exchange drafts; Hazare warns of another fast -June 21,2011

Anna Hazare in Tihar Jail
 Delhi Police detained/arrested (or took preventive custody of )Anna Hazare before he could go on indefinite hunger strike on August16,2011 and put in Tihar Jail,New Delhi to 7 days judicial custody.Hazare was sent to judicial custody on 16.08.2011Tuesday after he refused to sign a bond which stated that he and his supporters would not violate Section 144

Events on 16.08.2011

 @ 7 AM
A 3 member Delhi Police team knocked on Flat No. 280 at Supreme Apartments. "You have to come with us" - is what Anna was told -
@ 10AM
Anna's detention spread through the city. Supporters thronged the streets and the places where Anna Hazare was to conduct his fast.  Hundreds were detained and were taken to Chhatrasal Stadium in North Delhi
 @ 3.30 PM
Anna was taken to the DCP West's office.

By evening Anna Hazare and 7 supporters(Manish Sisodia, Arvind Kejriwal, Darshak, Radheshyam, Suresh Pathare, Naveen Jaisingh and Dada Phatare) were sent to Tihar Jail No. 4. But a few hours later, Shanti Bhushan and Kiran Bedi were released.However,Anna Hazare refused to come out of the jail but launches fast inside the Tihar Jail.

 Home Minister P Chidambaram said Hazare was arrested under Sections 107 and 151 of the CrPC because Delhi Police felt that he could commit a cognizable offence.

The 73-year-old Hazare, who is continuing his fast, is understood to have spent the night at one of the rooms in the Administrative Block of the jail premises along with his associate Arvind Kejriwal.

 Hours after Anna Hazare was taken into preventive custody, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday issued notices to the Union Home Secretary and the Delhi Police Commissioner seeking a report within two weeks on the episode

 Widespread Protests against Anna Hazare's Arrest

People Started gathering outside Tihar Jail and protest against Anna Hazare's arrest


 Students from Delhi's prominent universities came together on Tuesday evening to lodge their protest against what they called were "unlawful detentions" of Anna Hazare and his supporters

People of all ages came out in support of Anna Hazare outside Tihar jail in New Delhi

Anna Hazare supporters at Parliament Street in New Delhi.

 People raise slogans in support of Anna Hazare outside Tihar jail in New Delhi.

Anna Hazare supporters shout anti-government slogans and hold lighted candles during a rally in his support at India Gate in New Delhi

Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare gather around lighted candles outside the Tihar jail in New Delhi.

Supporters of social activist Anna Hazare shout anti-government slogans and wave the national flag during a protest outside Tihar prison in New Delhi.

 Supporters of Anna Hazare hold a candle light vigil outside Tihar Jail where Anna was held after his arrest in New Delhi.

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