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The prime minister should be excluded from the purview of the proposed Lokpal, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said on Tuesday.

“It is a very complicated question whether the prime minister and the chief justice of India should be brought under Lokpal bill or not. The person who decides the fate of 121 crore people in democracy should not be given into the hands of bureaucrats,” Ramdev said during his ‘Swabhiman Yatra’ in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.

“In democracy, if the person sitting on the highest chair is criticised, will it be good for society?” asked the yoga guru, who has announced that he will sit on a fast in Delhi from June 4 to force the government to recover black money stashed in tax havens abroad.

“I accept that some chief justices of India were found to be indulging in corruption, but even then, I do not agree that these two positions should be included in the Lokpal bill,” he added.

The meeting between ministers and civil society leaders on the Lokpal bill drafting committee in New Delhi Monday too ended on a bitter note on this issue after the government said that the prime minister, judiciary, MPs as well as officers below the rank of joint secretaries should be kept out of the purview of the proposed Lokpal.

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