Sunday, April 10, 2011

Anna Overruled Objection Over Father-Son Inclusion: Shanti

New Delhi : In the backdrop of the controversy over the father-son duo being part of the Lokpal drafting committee, noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan today said his son Prashant had raised the issue of their inclusion with Anna Hazare but the Gandhian overruled the objection.

"Prashant had himself raised the issue with Anna Hazare as to why you are keeping both of us in that committee.  You, instead of myself, include others and he (Prashant) had suggested two or three names," he said.

He was clearing the air in the wake of Baba Ramdev's criticism of the two being part of the same panel, alleging it showed nepotism.

"But Anna Hazare did not agree and he gave reasons. He said that Prashant had become a recognisable face all over India as a crusader against corruption. Therefore, your presence in the committee is essential and you are a distinguished lawyer yourself," the senior Bhushan said.

He further said, "It is only a coincidence that two distinguished lawyers happen to be father and son, and, therefore, they have to be kept on the committee. So, he overruled Prashant's objection and insisted on his being in. So Prashant had to give in". PTI


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