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Rollback in Fight Against Corruption?
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
As the whole nation basks in the victory against corruption achieved by Anna Hazare’s fast the real fight against corruption on the ground seems to silently reverse its direction. The media seems to be oblivious of the rollback.
The CBI told the court that there was not enough evidence as yet against Dayanidhi Maran that he had coerced companies in the issue of allotting spectrum licenses. Why is the poor man on the mat then?
The CBI is now focusing on the former NDA Telecom ministers Pramod Mahajan and Arun Shourie, and Jaswant Singh who headed the Group of Ministers on the subject, for violating norms in the 2G scam.
The CBI has told the court that there is no evidence against Unitech because a money trail suggesting a quid pro quo could not be established.
The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the government’s plea that the Special Investigative Team (SIT) appointed by the Court on 4 July, because the government was delaying investigation on black money abroad, should be scrapped. Now the SC will deliver its order on September 20 regarding a probe which the Court thought was being delayed too much.
Another curious development is that the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has commenced probing violation of foreign exchange laws by Baba Ramdev through his trusts. Curiosity does not arise because of the reported probe. It arises from the fact that Baba Ramdev claims that he has not received any intimation from authorities. Under what law or procedure could the ED inform the press about the probes when the alleged culprit has not even been informed? Even when the truth is propagated, it can be defamatory if there is malafide intent to besmirch reputation. Does not rushing to inform media before informing the accused betray malafide intent by ED? Going strictly by the letter of the law Baba Ramdev can sue ED for defamation for publishing the reports when no formal probe has been initiated. It is a different matter that going by the lax observance of laws, especially defamation laws, no such thing may be attempted. By informing the media to create a political atmosphere has not the ED violated law?
If so, who should pull up the government? The President of India is the singular office bearer in the entire nation who is under oath to “preserve and protect the Constitution and law”. President Pratibha Patil of course, like all her predecessors, remains a mute spectator whenever government transgresses law. Perhaps like the rest of the nation she is waiting for the Lokpal to emerge and take action!
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Dinesh Kumar Bohre
09/02/2011 09:29 AM
09/02/2011 09:06 AM