Indian Parliament to vote on anti-corruption bill

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Posted: Dec 22, 2011 7:19 AM
Indian Parliament to vote on anti-corruption bill

India's government has introduced a bill in Parliament to create an anti-corruption watchdog, but activists say the exclusion of the country's top investigative agency from its purview weakens the legislation.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister V. Narayanswamy says lawmakers will vote on the bill next week.

The legislation introduced Thursday puts Cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and the prime minister _ with certain restrictions _ under the purview of the watchdog.

Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare says he will hold a three-day fast next week because the government did not accept his proposed bill, which would have included the Central Bureau of Investigation.

His campaign has drawn tens of thousands of people in a country where corruption is rampant.