Abhishek Singhvi: No delay in Lokpal bill

New Delhi: Parliamentary Committee chairman Abhishek Manu Singhvi today rejected criticism of delay in tabling the report on Lokpal Bill in Parliament and said only a procedural extension of a few days was being sought.

Singhvi, who met Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari apparently on the issue of seeking one more extension to table the report in Parliament, said the "procedural extension" sought for translation of the report and its binding should not be termed as a delay.

"If the report is adopted tomorrow, then very soon, in the next two to three days, it will be tabled in Parliament," he told reporters after meeting Ansari. He said perhaps no other Parliamentary committee has completed a report on such a "vast and complicated" subject in two-and-a-half months time.

The Lokpal Bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Personnel and Law and Justice in August this year and given three months time to submit its report. On November 9, the committee`s deadline on submission of report on Lokpal Bill was extended till December 7.

He said the final report will reflect the sense of the committee as well as the dissents given by the members on Lokpal Bill. To a question on Team Anna rejecting the draft recommendations of his panel, Singhvi said the Committee was writing the report in national interest and not to please "anyone or everyone".

"The report is not to satisfy any individual or organisation or all individuals and organisations…if you don`t agree, it`s your problem," he said.