Activists call for stringent law to check corruption

Sunday, February 27, 2011

NEW DELHI - Thousands of people, including social activists, Sunday took out a march demanding stringent laws against corruption and black money stashed in foreign banks.

The protest march was held by the members of Bharat Swabhiman Trust from Ramlila ground in central Delhi to Jantar Mantar.

Former top cop Kiran Bedi, right to information activist Arvind Kejriwal, Swami Agnivesh, social activist Anna Hazare, politician Subramanian Swamy and yoga guru Baba Ramdev were among those who participated in the march.

“The government has been ineffective in tackling corruption in the country. The government has looted this country. It is strange that innocents like (rights activist) Binayak Sen are charged with sedition and corrupt leaders like (DMK leader and former communications leader) A. Raja are let off the hook,” said Kejriwal.

He said agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and Central Vigilance Commission seem to have been established to protect the corrupt.

Coming down heavily on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, former additional commissioner of Income-Tax Vishwa Bandhu Gupta alleged that the Congress was protecting the corrupt.

“Country has been tolerating corruption for years and it must come to an end. There is a need to make strict laws so that people fear before breaking rules,” said Bedi.

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