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Oppose sanction condition, Swamy tells Hazare

[Hindu, Tuesday, 23 August 2011 07:09 No Comment]

‘Office of PM covered by Prevention of Corruption Act’

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy said here on Monday that instead of persisting with the demand that the Prime Minister be brought under the Lokpal, anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare should strive for the removal of the condition that sanction was required from the President for prosecution.

Dr. Swamy told journalists that the office of Prime Minister was already covered by the Prevention of Corruption Act. But, what prevented commencement of probe by an investigating agency was getting the sanction which could be a time-consuming process.

According to him, the only bright aspect of the Jan Lokpal was the recommendation for an independent prosecution commission that could take direct action against persons indulging in corruption.

Dr. Swamy said he was willing to visit Sri Lanka to ensure a solution for the Tamils if MDMK general secretary Vaiko and Naam Thamizhar Iyakkam leader Seeman admitted that their efforts had failed. “I would have met the Sri Lankan President and demanded a few changes to the Constitution,” he said. If Sri Lanka had not agreed, the support of the international community, including the U.S., China and Israel would have been mobilised, he said.

Hails Jayalalithaa’s decision

Dr. Swamy on Monday welcomed the decision of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to convert the new Assembly building in Chennai into a hospital.

He said the building looked more like a tomb and there was no element of Tamil ‘shilpa shastram’ or culture.

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