Digvijay backs demand for Dalit in Lokpal Bill panel

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Saturday backed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati`s demand for inclusion of a Dalit representative in the Lokpal drafting committee while Justice Santosh Hegde does not seem to find any merit in it.

"The demand is valid," Singh said when asked about Mayawati`s demand.

However Hegde, who is a member of the commitee, said, "if you have to have any caste-wise representation, then this committee can never be constituted."

Asked about the issue, Union Minister Salman Khurshid, a member of the joint committee, said, "we should trust the ten members. Let them present their product…we should give them a chance. After the product comes out, we can see and examine it and put forth our objections if any."