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Intoxicated by the COCKTAIL of POWER and MONEY!

  • Created on Sunday, 23 October 2011 01:00
  • Published on Sunday, 23 October 2011 01:00
  • Written by Punyatma Sharan, Founder/CEO - PolityIndia.Com, has a BA (Political Science) from India and MBA (Finance) from USA.

cocktailsAfter a very extensive investigation, it seems that the process has finally reached its culmination.

The Delhi court headed by Judge OP Saini accepted all the charges levelled by the CBI against the 14 individuals and three companies - Reliance Telecom, Unitech Wireless and Swan Telecom - listed as principal players in the 2G scam. The CBI's charges against them range from criminal conspiracy to forgery and cheating.  Former Telecom Minister A Raja, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and the executives of some of India's biggest telecoms will stand trial for criminal breach of trust - a charge that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

As the trial begins, the spotlight will remain relentlessly on Mr Raja and Kanimozhi, the daughter of heavyweight Southern politician M Karunanidhi who heads the DMK, a major partner in the UPA coalition at the Centre. The arrest of his favourite child has tested the collaboration between the Congress and his party, though both sides have on record reiterated that their partnership is steady. "Raja and Kanimozhi are very confident that they have not done anything illegal or wrong, so they will come out clean," said senior DMK leader TKS Elangovan. Mr Raja has been in jail since February. Telecom executives like Sanjay Chandra of Unitech Wireless and Gautam Doshi, Hari Nair and Surendra Pipara of Reliance Telecom were imprisoned in April. Kanimozhi was arrested in May. In a statement, the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) said, "Framing of charges doesn't imply guilt. An application for quashing charges will be moved in the Delhi High Court." Reliance Telecom is a part of ADAG.

The 2G scam which, according to the CAG report caused a loss of 1.76 lakh crore to the country, became a rallying point for the movement against corruption in India. There were a lot of cases of corruption in the past of varying degrees but this case was supposedly the biggest and was dubbed as the mother of all scams. The public became so frustrated and disillusioned with the whole thing that people came out on the streets in support of the movement against corruption to support the Jan Lokpal bill. Even Anna Hazare and his team members never fathomed the kind of support they received.

The entire country is waiting and watching the judgement to be delivered with bated breath. They want justice to prevail and the guilty punished. A very severe punishment can be the only deterrent to stop these kind of activities. It is so tragic that those people in power who are supposed to serve the public have so much drifted away from the basic duty of  public life, they have totally forgotten that public life and public service go hand in hand. They are so busy working on their personal and political objective that they have totally disconnected themselves with the social objective of a public life. Their personal objective has taken precedence over their social responsibilities. I also have my serious doubts about the involvement of only those people who have been charge-sheeted. I feel that A Raja and his cohorts do not have the stomach to do this just by themselves. A scam of this magnitude has to be be very carefully managed and choreographed. A Raja and others might be the main actors but the producer/director of this gargantuan scam is someone else.

India has embarked on the journey for zero tolerance for corruption and the patience of the entire country is standing on very thin ice. The recently concluded parliamentary by-election in Haryana became a referendum on corruption and the Congress party lost. Unfortunately, most of the people in public life are intoxicated by the cocktail of power and money. This has to change. The country does not only wants it, it needs it.

Comments  

 
# Sanjay Sahay 2011-10-25 19:19
India is a very big country and its people have very small memory. As you know in our country, justice may not be denied but it is delayed in many cases. This is where we fail. This delay may lead to a situation where the people lose their interest at all and then the real "producer/direc tor" as you rightly pronounced will be in a position to save themselves. Unless we develop the habit of delivering justice in time as was seen in the recent riots in UK, we cannot expect the real producer/direct or to be booked.
 
 
# Sanjay Pawar 2011-10-25 20:50
Very appropriate title. I know personally that a lot of FIXING is going on in the background to get both A Raja and Kanimozhi out of jail. They belong to DMK which has 18 MPs which is needed for the survival of UPA government. Punyatma, I must say that your perception and analysis of issues is accurate.
 
 
# Kalpana Singh 2011-10-25 20:55
It would be a disgrace if A Raja and Kanimozhi get bail. I don't know about A Raja but Kanimozhi would come out on bail. They might make A Raja the sacrificial lamb for 2G scam. If UPA is serious about corruptipon issues, they should use this scam as an example to set things right. But it would again amount to asking a thief to catch a thief.
 
 
# Atul Shastri 2011-10-25 21:01
I totally agree with you that the producer/direct or of 2G scam is someone else. There is also a general perception in the public about the real people involved.
 
 
# Anamika Mishra 2011-10-25 21:04
Your articles are so informative and an eye-opener for all of us. Please keep up the great work you are doing. I wish there were more people like you.
 
 
# Ajay Chopra 2011-10-25 21:09
It might be the biggest politically incorrect statment but I am sure that a thorough investigation of 2G scam would lead the CBI knocking the door at 10 Janpath.
 
 
# Madhu Srivastava 2011-10-26 22:00
UPA government would go down in history as the most corrupt government. I also agree with Ajay Chopra that the 2G scam investigation would lead to 10 Janpath.
 
 
# Rani Dixit 2011-10-28 13:51
The CBI should act as a very independent agency and dig deeper into the 2G scam. As you have mentioned in the article that A Raja and Kanimozhi do not have the appetite for this scale of scam and there is a general consensus in the country that more people at the higher level are involved. Why is CBI stuck only with A Raja? Their silence is giving the wrong signals and stating the obvious.
 
 
# Ajay Singh 2011-10-28 13:56
The UPA government is corrupt to the core. They go after everyone who try to raise their voice against corruption. Everyone associated with the movement is getting notices. Kiran Bedi's NGO received two notices today from the income tax department.
 
 
# Alka Jindal 2011-10-28 14:00
The Congress party knows that they are not going to win the next elections and they would try to cling on to power until 2014. This party has always been drunk with power and money.
 
 
# Vinay & Anu Mahajan 2011-10-28 14:10
We have lost faith in the Indian politicians. It does not matter what party they belong to...they are more or less the same. The Supreme court should play a more active role in setting things right in the country. We also want to thank you and Mr.Goel for attending our sister's wedding. It was a privilege to meet you.
 
 
# Manidipa Sanyal 2011-10-29 10:43
I am not too sure whether justice will be finally delivered or not. The judicial process will linger for years together now. The Indian voter has a very short memory, so for all you know Raja and Kanimozhi may be again voted back to Parliament.
 
 
# Kalpana Rastogi 2011-10-29 10:45
I loved the caption and the image. So appropriate. In fact it was matching with the Diwali spirit also. We are sick of politicians and their scams. What is new or great about it? In fact, the magnitude also does not alarm us any more. We have become so immune to it. There should be a national debate on how to curb corruption and each party should be given negative marking for this and get marks for their performance in deeds. It is a shame to see how the people who are trying to put up a fight against corruption are being harassed on one ground or the other. I am not justifying their ill doings if any but where was all this until now? Why is it being raked up all of a sudden now?
 

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