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Nov 20, 2009, 9:24:52 PM11/20/09

ED seeks legal opinion to nail evasive Koda
21 Nov 2009, 0330 hrs IST, Ashok K Mishra, ET Bureau

PATNA: Cocking a snook at the investigating agencies, those facing the
probe in connection with the money laundering scam, including former
Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, may actually be working to a plan
by not turning up for the interrogation by the Enforcement Directorate
(ED) and Income Tax (I-T) officials.

The ED has now sought legal opinion regarding Mr Koda, who has not
only ignored the summons but has also shot off a letter to the
investigating agency placing some riders for his interrogation.

The ED officials are clearly of the view there was a method to what
the accused were doing by not cooperating with the investigating
agency. ``Possibly they want to delay the pace of investigation. Or
they could be buying time to tie and cover their loose ends,” remarked
an ED official

On his part, Mr Koda has maintained that as an MP he was entitled to
certain privileges and that the office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha
should be duly informed about his interrogation. He has also insisted
that the summon notice should come to him at least 10 days in

The ED is, however, vested with sufficient powers to arrest Mr Koda on
the ground of non-compliance of the summon notice.

But it may not be willing to exercise this option at this juncture as
his arrest could have a political bearing on the Jharkhand assembly
elections. Mr Koda has fielded his wife Geeta from his traditional
Jagannathpur assembly seat, besides four other candidates in his
native West Singhbhum district. The investigating agency obviously
will not like Mr Koda to take any political advantage if he was

The ED instead has now sought legal opinion from the Additional
Solicitor General of India following some of the issues raised by Mr
Koda regarding his interrogation.

All this could mean that any action against Mr Koda will be initiated
by the ED only on the basis of legal advice. In case of other accused
who too are not turning up for interrogation, the ED has now
approached the court for the issuance of arrest warrants against

“We may also press for the attachment of property particularly of
Binod Kumar Sinha and Sanjay Kumar Chaudhary, the two key Koda
associates who wave gone into hiding,” said sources in the ED.

The ED may also act tough with the hawala dealer Manoj Punamia who too
failed to appear before the ED last time.

...and I am Sid Harth


Nov 20, 2009, 9:27:29 PM11/20/09

Delhi government favouring influential convicts: High Court
20 Nov 2009, 1743 hrs IST, PTI

NEW DELHI: Taking exception to the way parole was granted to Jessica
Lall murder case convict Manu Sharma, the Delhi High Court on Friday
pulled up the city government for giving preferential treatment to
convicts having high connections.

Justice Kailash Gambhir said that in normal cases the government takes
three to six months to decide a parole application of a convict but in
case of Manu Sharma it disposed off his plea within 20 days.

"The list (regarding number of parole applications) depicts a dismal
picture showing the government is giving least priority to parole
applications of convicts. No doubt the home department has given
selective treatment to some convicts because of their high
connections," Justice Gambhir said.

The court made the observations on a petition filed by Sumeer Singh, a
convict in the Connaught Place shooting case, seeking parole for three
months to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against his conviction
on the ground that his family members were illiterate.

The court, showing displeasure over the lax approach of the
government, had on November 10 issued notice to the city government's
Home Secretary to personally appear before it to explain the delay in
dealing with applications of parole despite its clear directives in
this regard.

The court had on the last hearing on November 10 taken strong
exception to the government not following its directions with regard
to parole matters.

"Already this court has given direction that the parole applications
moved by the convicts be given due priority and the same be decided
within a period of 10 days and it appears that the directions given by
this court are being implemented more in violations than in
compliance," the court had said.

The high court had also directed the government to file a list of
parole applications received by it so far this year.

Sharma, who was released on parole from Tihar jail on September 22 on
the ground of his mother's illness, was reportedly spotted in a
nightclub in a hotel in the city, triggering a controversy. He then
returned to the Tihar Jail on his own on Novemeber 10.

Sid Harth

Nov 21, 2009, 12:36:34 PM11/21/09

Show full of sound and fury as Koda fails to spill beans
B Sridhar, TNN 18 November 2009, 10:13pm IST

CHAIBASA: Former chief minister Madhu Koda failed to roar as promised.
For, his threat to expose his conspirators in the multi-crore hawala
scam at the Hunkar rally the much-hyped show of strength at the Gandhi
Maidan here on Wednesday remained a mere show at the end of the day.

Although reiterating that he was a victim of a poltical conspiracy,
Koda failed to name any of the abettors. However, if the crowd of
around 4,000 was any indication of Koda's popularity, then it was
evident that he continued to enjoy the support of his workers and

The MP, without spilling the beans, alleged that two national parties
had conspired to finish him off politically and the probe into his
alleged amassing of wealth was nothing but a plot to malign him before
the Assembly polls.

"Upset over my win as an Independent in the Lok Sabha election, the
parties hatched a conspiracy to belittle my stature in state politics
by implicating me in false cases," Koda told the gathering as slogans
of "Kolhan Tiger" rent the air.

The packed ground displayed a festive mood and supporters were equal
in orchestrating their support to the tribal leader. "The storm will
pass soon and Kodaji will emerge more mature and confident after
that," a Koda loyalist said. Party members donning fashionable
headgears arrived beating drums and nagaras, (traditional drum).

Launching a scathing attack on the Opposition, Koda reiterated that
his meteoric rise in state politics had earned him many enemies and
that all the charges about his involvement in the financial scam were
part of a well-thought out plan of the Opposition parties to eliminate
him from state politics.

Surprisingly, Rasika Koda, his father, who had all along maintained a
distance from his son during his political journey, sounded upbeat,
too. "The crowd has come to boost my son's morale,"said the senior
Koda at the former CM's office-cum-residence here on Wednesday

Vowing to fight to the last, Koda said: "Ensure victory for all the
seven candidates of my party and then you will see how equations
change." Geeta, in her short speech, merely said her husband was
"innocent" and had been implicated falsely. She also exhorted the
womenfolk to rally behind her husband.

Talking to newspersons briefly after the meeting, Koda said he had not
received any summons from the income tax or the Enforcement
Directorate yet for questioning in Ranchi on Thursday. However, he
added that if he receives the summons, he will happily go to Ranchi
for the interrogation.

Koda, of course, added in haste that it would not be possible for him
to go to Delhi for interrogation during the polls.


Nov 21, 2009, 7:12:00 PM11/21/09

Koda says he will report to ED only after Jharkhand polls

Press Trust of India / Jamshedpur November 21, 2009, 14:37 IST

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who has failed to appear
before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the money
laundering case against him, today said he would be available for
questioning only after the Assembly polls.

"The summons by the ED were delivered at my Ranchi residence only on
November 18, a day before the appearance when I was busy campaigning
(for assembly polls) in Chaibasa," Koda said here when asked by
reporters why he failed to appear before the agency on November 19.

Koda said he would be available only after the conclusion of Jharkhand
state Assembly polls on December 18. The former Jharkhand Chief
Minister has put up six candidates, including his wife Gita on behalf
of Jharkhand Navanirman Morcha for the polls.

"Moreover, the ED wanted certain documents like passport, which I
don't have as they must be with either the income tax authorities or
vigilance department (both the agencies had raided Koda's residence).
Unless I get them how can I show them," he said.

He refused to comment on his 'aides' Sanjay Choudhary and Binod Sinha,
who are facing arrest warrants following the raid by Income Tax
authorities on about 70 premises, including Koda's residences, and
unearthed documents that allegedly pointed to hawala transactions and
illegal investment to the tune of over Rs 2,000 crore.


Nov 21, 2009, 7:25:06 PM11/21/09

Who created 'plunderer' Koda?
Anil Anand / DNA Sunday, November 22, 2009 0:34 IST

Dhanbad (Jharkhand): This tribal-dominated state is facing an
electoral wave of a different kind. Keeping aside the spiralling
prices and caste permutations and combinations, the flavour of the
ongoing five-phase state Assembly elections is former chief minister
Madhu Koda. He has become the favourite whipping boy for the political
rivals for reasons suiting their respective political motives.

The saga of Koda's alleged corrupt practices that took places during
his tenure as the chief minister seemed to have become his nemesis.
Who is responsible for creating Koda the politician? This is the
question being hotly debated between the main rivals, Congress and the

Koda was an RSS man and had entered the Assembly for the first time as
a BJP legislator and became the mines minister in the dispensation.
And thus started his tryst with the minting money. On their part the
BJP holds the Congress solely responsible for giving Koda the "free
run" while backing him as chief minister for nearly two years. Why
didn't they withdraw the support, the party chief Rajnath Singh asked.

The Congress is hard-pressed to explain as to why the party took so
much time to act against Koda and his aides and stop them from
plundering the newly-carved state. On record the party leaders
pinpoint to the mass agitation launched by them, under Maken's
leadership, against Koda while he was in office. Off the record, they
cite compulsions of the coalition to have acted against them as their
erstwhile allies Laloo Yadav (RJD) and Shibu Soren (Jharkhand Mukti
Morcha) had thwarted moves to disturb the Koda government.

Sensing that Rs4000 crore corruption charges against Koda was a
potential vote garnering issue, the Congress has stepped up its anti-
corruption campaign. And as part of this strategy pushed Maken into
electioneering as he was the sort of whistleblower who had first
started the anti-Koda campaign while being AICC incharge of Jharkhand.

Maken rejected the BJP charge that the Congress had patronized Koda
while he was the chief minister. "We had gone after him even at that
time and a concerted campaign was launched by the Congress from block
to the state level to expose his corrupt practices but not before
serving an ultimatum to him to perform before he perished," he said.

In fact, the Koda saga has brought the Congress into reckoning in the
state elections as it has been sitting in the Opposition for the last
nine years. Koda aside, certain others reasons such as the Muslim and
backward class voters turning towards the Congress is also helping the


Nov 22, 2009, 5:29:42 PM11/22/09

Koda shadow may eclipse Cong-JVM in Singhbhum
Manoj Prasad
Posted: Monday , Nov 23, 2009 at 0049 hrs


Scam-tainted former chief minister Madhu Koda may turn out to be a
spoilsport for the Congress and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) in the
prestigious East Singhbhum district, giving the upper hand to the

This district, adjoining Chaibasa, the hometown of Koda, has
traditionally been a battleground of the BJP and JMM due to the
polarised electorate, with the upper castes, business community and
OBCs backing the former and the Dalits and Adivasis supporting the

Among the six constituencies of the district, three — East Jamshedpur,
West Jamshedpur and Jugsalai — are represented by heavyweights: former
minister Raghubar Das (BJP), Sarayu Rai (BJP) and former minister
Dulal Bhuiyan (JMM) respectively. In these seats, the candidates which
the Congress and JVM, led by former chief minister Babulal Marandi,
have put up are: Abhay Singh (JVM), Banna Gupta (Congress) and Ritika
Mukhi (Congress).

What goes against the Congress-JVM alliance here is a combination of
two factors: one, the Congress and RJD had backed the Koda government
during 2006-08; two, the allotment of tickets by them to defectors —
Singh, who was earlier with the RJD, and Gupta, a former Samajwadi
Party leader.

Since Koda has been booked in a Rs 4,000-crore case following
nationwide raids on his properties, corruption has become a central
plank in this election with a perception gaining ground that if Koda
has looted the public funds with impunity, it was courtesy the
Congress, JMM and the RJD.

Besides, Hidayatullah Khan, a history sheeter, who had quit the LJP to
join the Congress only to be denied ticket by it, is at daggers drawn
with the party’s West Jamshedpur nominee Gupta. Similar is the case
with JVM’s candidate Singh, who is being opposed by the party’s
workers led by its secretary Ashok Singh.

In Jugsalai, JMM’s Dulal Bhuiyan is being challenged by two women
candidates — the Congress’s Ritika Mukhi and the BJP’s Rakhi Rai, who
had recently joined the party after quitting All Jharkhand Students’


Nov 23, 2009, 3:01:13 PM11/23/09

Rs800 crore in Swiss accounts of Koda aides, say officials
DNA Correspondent Monday, November 23, 2009 3:55 IST

New Delhi: Nearly Rs800 crore of Indian taxpayers' money, allegedly
plundered by former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and company,
is believed to have found its way to accounts in Swiss banks.

The enforcement directorate (ED), which had sent a special team to
Switzerland, has found bank accounts registered in the names of Koda's
associates, including some local politicians, bureaucrats and key
middlemen, sources close to the investigations said. But none of the
accounts is in Koda's name.

Till now, these accounts and their size was a matter of speculation.
The ED team has found that the money was parked in eight to nine such
accounts, the sources said.
Switzerland is not the only country that has seen quiet visits from
Indian probe agencies after the scam was unearthed.

ED teams have gathered crucial evidence from other tax havens,
including the Bahamas and the Cayman islands. A special team has also
been despatched to the north African country of Liberia, where Koda is
alleged to have purchased mines worth $17 lakh.

Considering the politically sensitive nature and the sheer magnitude
of the alleged embezzlement, the enforcement directorate has formed a
special unit to probe the case. The unit is single-mindedly
unravelling the business empire Koda allegedly established first as a
minister and then as the chief minister of Jharkhand.

Top officials connected with the case indicate that the ED is no hurry
to arrest Koda. The former chief minister, who has been accused of
embezzling and laundering nearly Rs4,000 crore, has so far taken a
defiant stand, failing to appear for questioning despite summons being
issued against him twice, including on November 19.

"We are building a very strong case against him and his associates.
Lot of evidence has already been gathered from some foreign countries
besides the documents, evidence and confessions that we already have.
When we will finally arrest him, he won't be able to get bail," said a
senior finance ministry official attached with the probe.

Meanwhile, a Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Ranchi issued
an arrest warrant against key Koda associate Boinod Sinha, who has
been evading questioning and, like the former Jharkhand chief
minister, has failed to appear before the ED despite repeated summons.
Sinha was the one who allegedly coordinated money deals on behalf of


Nov 24, 2009, 2:26:06 AM11/24/09
dalits muslims koda rajya sabha RS

RS adjourns twice, once over Koda
First Published : 24 Nov 2009 11:33:27 AM IST
Last Updated : 24 Nov 2009 12:41:39 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Rajya Sabha was today adjourned twice during Question Hour
over separate issues, including the alleged multi-crore scam involving
former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

The House was adjourned for 10 minutes soon after it met for the day
when Ali Anwar (JD-U) created a ruckus over alleged leakage of the
Ranganath Misra Committee report on reservation to dalit Christians
and dalit Muslims.

Anwar said the report has been published in a newspaper and sought
Government's response.

Chairman Hamid Ansari said he could raise the issue during zero hour
but the Question Hour should not be disrupted.

As the member did not relent, Ansari adjourned the House for 10
minutes and called leaders of all parties to his chamber for

When the House reassembled, M Venkaiah Naidu (BJP) raised the issue of
a "massive fraud and scam" in Jharkhand saying the man in the dock,
Madhu Koda, was propelled by Congress to the chair of the chief
minister of the state.

"The person (Koda) needs to be put behind the bars immediately and the
issue discussed in the House," he said.

Naidu also said the Liberhan Commission report on the Babri Masjid
demolition was "leaked" to divert attention from the Jharkhand scam.
His comment was vociferously countered by ruling benches, prompting
BJP members to raise slogans.

In the din, Ansari said, "I am afraid that members are not willing to
abide by the agreement made" and adjourned the House till 1200 noon -
the second adjournment during the pre- lunch sitting.


Nov 24, 2009, 7:38:40 AM11/24/09

BJP asks why arrest warrant not issued against Koda

Ranchi, Nov 24 (PTI) The BJP today asked why a warrant of arrest was
not issued against former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda in the
money-laundering scam though he failed to honour the Enforcement
Directorate summons for appearance.

"Despite Koda ignoring the Enforcement Directorate's summons, nothing
is happening against him. Why not an arrest warrant is being issued as
he failed to honour the summons," BJP secretary and Rajya Sabha
member, Prabhat Jha, said.

"Koda should be arrested so that the names written in the diary found
during searches by the Income Tax department are revealed," he told a
press conference here.

The ED had issued separate summons on November 13, 15 and 19 asking
Koda to appear before it. He responded with a letter to the ED saying
that he would be available for questioning only after the conclusion
of the Assembly elections.

Sid Harth

Nov 25, 2009, 1:03:00 PM11/25/09

Naveen Patnaik under pressure to come clean on mining scam issue
25 Nov 2009, 2009 hrs IST, Nageshwar Patnaik, ET Bureau

BHUBANESWAR: Faced with the prospect of Union government seeking CBI
probe before the Orissa High Court in a public interest litigation
case, the Naveen Patnaik government has started taking the multi-crore
mining scam issue seriously by taking help of latest technology and
punishing the culprits.

As the mine lease holders were accused of going beyond their
stipulated lease area, the Orissa government has decided to adopt
technology options for accurate mapping of its mines.

“The mapping will mainly be undertaken in Keonjhar district which
large deposits of iron ore and manganese. Remote Sensing Technology is
being considered as the best option for articulate mapping”, state
industry minister Raghunath Mohanty on Wednesday informed in the
Orissa Legislative Assembly.

Replying to a query in the state Assembly, Mr Mohanty said that it was
agreed in a recently held high level meeting to engage the Orissa
Remote Sensing Application Centre (ORSAC) and National Remote Sensing
Agency (NRSA) to prepare the maps.

“It was agreed in the meeting to entrust ORSAC and NRSA with the
responsibility of mapping of mines. They will draw the maps in
association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and
other concerned Central government agencies,” the minister said.

An Inter-Organisational Group (IOG) has been constituted to submit a
report to the government on this subject.

“After the report of the IGO is made available to us, the government
will think over the next step,” he added.

Steel and mines additional secretary, Orissa Mining Corporation deputy
general manager (information technology), deputy director mines and
representatives of ORSAC have been taken as members of the IOG.

During the ongoing Assembly session, the Naveen Patnaik government has
been put to embarrassing situation by the Opposition over alleged
exploitation of iron ore, manganese and other minerals by lease
holders beyond the boundary of their demarcated area.

The Opposition even charged that the state government had received
crore of rupees kickback to favour the mines owners.

Sid Harth

Nov 26, 2009, 1:12:42 PM11/26/09


Deep pockets of Jharkhand

in Ranchi and New Delhi

Tax sleuths close in on former Chief Minister Madhu Koda for amassing
ill-gotten wealth and money-laundering.

Madhu Koda being discharged from a hospital in Ranchi on November 8.
He complained of high blood pressure and stomach ache in the course of
interrogation by tax officials for alleged hawala transactions.

“JHARKHAND may be lagging behind in many areas of governance and
development, but we are ahead of most other States in one thing,
political and bureaucratic corruption,” Stephen Marandi, former Deputy
Chief Minister of Jharkhand, used to make this statement often,
referring to many of his political colleagues and officers who run the

Marandi’s comment used to draw appreciation from those who viewed the
State’s politics objectively. It is also widely accepted within the
State’s political circles that he does have the moral and political
authority to make such a comment. He was perhaps the only non-
controversial member of two controversial Ministries – one led by
independent Madhu Koda between September 18, 2006, and August 27,
2008, and the other headed by Jharkhand Mukthi Morcha (JMM) chief
Shibu Soren between August 27, 2008, and January 18, 2009. He was
Deputy Chief Minister in both. Marandi used to refer to Koda’s name in
the context of his statement on corruption.

It took a year and a half after Koda’s departure from office and an
investigation by the income tax (I.T.) authorities and the Enforcement
Directorate (E.D.) to understand the independent legislator-turned-
Chief Minister had indeed operated on a scale unmatched by any other
leader in the State.

According to estimates doing the rounds, Koda and his associates
allegedly amassed approximately Rs.4,000 crore in his 23-month tenure
as Chief Minister and laundered it using various means during this
term and the period following his ouster from office. It was during an
E.D. investigation into an aide of former Governor Syed Sibte Razi
that the agencies stumbled on Koda’s money matters.

According to investigating officials in the E.D. and the I.T.
Department, Koda had amassed a large portion of the money by
facilitating mining contracts for iron ore and coal. On the face of
it, this was done by signing 26 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs)
and by giving recommendations, on the basis of ministerial discretion,
to an equal number of applications seeking mining leases for iron ore
and coal. Clearances from several Ministries are normally required for
granting mining leases, but the Chief Minister and, in some cases, the
Minister for Mines, had discriminatory powers to recommend that an
institution or an individual could be granted a mining lease.

No Chief Minister of erstwhile Bihar (of which Jharkhand was a part
until November 2000) or Jharkhand itself is known to have used these
discriminatory powers as rampantly as Koda did. In the process, he
allegedly charged a certain fee for signing the MoUs and making the

Sources among the investigating officials told Frontline that Koda had
“charged” Rs.2 crore to Rs.20 crore for signing an MoU, depending on
the quantum of coal or iron ore that the respective mine would have
produced. The recommendations were sold at a price of Rs.30 crore to
Rs.80 crore, again depending on the produce of a particular mine. The
officials point out that Koda did not handle cash directly, but got
the money deposited directly or through some of his accomplices in a
Mumbai-based finance company or with hawala operators.

Koda’s associates in this included small-time businessmen such as
Vinod Kumar Sinha and his brothers Vikas Sinha and Sunil Sinha, based
in Chaibasa (Koda’s constituency), and businessmen brothers Sanjay
Choudhary and Dhananjay Choudhary based in Jamshedpur. The I.T. and
E.D. have also listed his former Cabinet colleagues Bandhu Tirkey,
Bhanu Pratap Shahi, and Kamlesh Singh as accomplices in the scam.
Tirkey was an independent MLA like Koda, while Shahi belonged to the
Forward Bloc and Kamlesh Singh to the Nationalist Congress Party

While Koda was directly involved in “striking the deals”, the money
was apparently handled by his “non-political” associates and laundered
by financial companies. The E.D. has booked Koda under the four-year-
old Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2005, which prescribes
punishment of up to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for the
guilty. The PMLA also provides for the freezing, seizure and
confiscation of the proceeds of crime. It imposes obligations on
banking companies, financial institutions and intermediaries to verify
the identity of clients, maintain records and furnish information to
the authorities. Koda is the first MP and former Chief Minister to
have been booked under the PMLA and his is the biggest case lodged by
the E.D. under the Act so far.


According to investigating officials, Koda amassed large sums by
facilitating mining contracts for iron ore and coal. Here, coal
waiting to be transported in the Khalari area of Jharkhand.

E.D. investigation has apparently revealed Koda’s money-laundering
exercises leading to massive deals and investments on a global scale.
He had reportedly made secret visits to Switzerland and other foreign
countries as part of this. The E.D. suspects that the former Chief
Minister has one or several accounts in Swiss banks and other banks in
tax havens. The E.D. has also reportedly collected “unshakable
evidence” about investments by Koda in mines in Thailand and Liberia.

Some of Koda’s accomplices, according to E.D. and I.T. investigations,
amassed movable and immovable property worth Rs.200 crore. These
include the companies Shiv Ram Sponge Iron Ltd and Rollin Mill, vast
quantum of land in Jharkhand and outside as well as several flats.

The Choudharys set up two companies – Blue Techno Projects Ltd and CP
Manufacturing – in Dubai and invested in more than a dozen ones in
Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa and Dubai. Kamlesh Singh, the
investigation points out, bought property worth Rs.50 crore in Mumbai,
Delhi, Bangalore and Ranchi. Shahi and Tirkey, too, have property
worth crores of rupees in and outside Jharkhand.

Larger dimensions

Koda, his associates among politicians and businessmen have all denied
the charges made by the E.D. and I.T. investigators. There is a view
among sections of the State’s political class and the administration
that, if properly probed, the Koda scam would reveal far more damaging
details than the ones that have come to light at present. It says the
Koda affair is not only about taking bribes for mining deals and money-
laundering but also about selling India’s iron ore cheaply to foreign
countries. Some contend that it could even have another dimension:
that of iron-ore smuggling. The argument is based on the premise that
the quantum of money involved is too large to be a scam involving only
bribes and money-laundering.

According to a senior government official, Jharkhand’s iron ore is
reportedly rich in ferrous content and is in great demand across the
globe, particularly in China where a construction boom has been for
sometime now. “It needs to be probed where the iron ore from these
mines have gone and which are the companies that sent it abroad,” the
official pointed out. It remains to be seen whether this angle would
be taken up by the investigating agencies or its masters.

Culprits all


At the Income Tax office in Ranchi on November 6, an official carries
bundles of documents seized from Koda's residence.

At the political level, the Koda affair is something for which almost
all political forces of the State, except the Left parties, will have
to take responsibility. Koda was the Minister for Mines during the
Arjun Munda-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government that ruled
from March 12, 2005, to September 18, 2006. He, along with three other
independent MLAs, was instrumental in bringing down that government.
Immediately after that he assumed the Chief Minister’s post with the
support of the Congress, the JMM and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata
Dal (RJD).

During his tenure Koda had even publicly stated that he was into
“money-making”. “If I do not make money do you think that these big
parties and leaders will allow me to continue in office?” he had told
mediapersons. Obviously, none of the bigger parties in the State can
absolve themselves of the offence of letting Koda and associates loose
on the administration.

However, at the political level, the Koda scam seems to be helping the
Congress. This is partly because of the public perception that there
has been a greater impetus to probe corruption cases under the current
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan. There is a definitive impression that
Sankaranarayanan has been sent by the United Progressive Alliance
government at the Centre to correct the State’s mismanagement over the
past few years. Some of the welfare measures taken by the Governor’s
regime in the State, such as the strengthening of the public
distribution system (PDS) and the promotion of self-help groups,
particularly those among destitute women, have helped strengthen this

A number of political observers, however, believe that the pro-
Congress dimensions of the Koda scam could come tumbling out if the
former Chief Minister, who rose from the position of a construction
labourer to become one of the richest politicians in the State makes
bold to expose the “big parties and leaders” who allowed him to
continue in office, apparently for a price.

The other, and perhaps more important, question is whether the
investigating agencies will be ready to probe the doubts raised by a
section of the administration about iron-ore smuggling. Whether these
queries evoke affirmative or negative answers, there is little doubt
that the Koda story will have many more new chapters added to it in
the coming days.


Nov 26, 2009, 2:39:00 PM11/26/09

Pranab Bardhan: Our corruption, their corruption

Unlike India, corruption in authoritarian East Asian regimes is less
damaging to the economy
Pranab Bardhan / November 26, 2009, 0:36 IST

Recently, the trial in a case of corruption against a billionaire
Party official along with many of his associates and accomplices
(public servants, judges, policemen and gangsters) in Chongqing, one
of China’s fastest-growing cities, brought to limelight the politician-
business-criminal nexus, that is not unfamiliar to India. Corruption
is pervasive in both countries, and in that context I have often been
asked how, in spite of all the corruption, the Chinese economic
performance has been so much better than India’s. (Similar questions
used to be asked of the phenomenal economic growth in South Korea and
Taiwan since the 1960s, in the middle of their rampant corruption).

Of course, in this matter, East Asia is not unique in history. In
European history, the entrepreneurial class grew out of the sales of
monopoly rights, tax farming and other forms of privileged access to
public resources. In the US “gilded age” of late 19th century, the
widespread corruption of state legislatures and city governments by
business interests and those seeking franchises for public utilities
has gone along with economic growth.

But it is interesting to speculate on the several ways in which our
corruption is qualitatively different from that in East Asia and on
their differential economic effects.

First, in China the lines of authority are more well-defined and
streamlined, whereas there is multiple veto power of different
authorities on a given decision in India. An apocryphal story has it
that one high official in New Delhi once told a friend: “If you want
me to move a file faster, I am not sure I can help you; but if you
want me to stop a file, I can do it immediately.” So, even after
paying bribes, one is never sure in India if the job will get done.
This ability to “stop a file” at multiple points, part of a checks-and-
balances system (originally installed by the colonial government
suspicious of native officers, continued after Independence), acts as
a damper on collusive corruption, but has ended up making our
corruption rather dysfunctional.

An offshoot of this system is institutionalised suspicion, which
undermines incentives for bold decisions in the Indian bureaucracy. If
a top bureaucrat does good work, the legitimate rewards are few, but
if the decision leads to a project that fails, s/he will be hounded by
the Central Vigilance Commission or the Central Bureau of
Investigation (as it is often difficult for the latter to distinguish
between decisions which simply did not work out and decisions which
may have corrupt motivations). Thus the Indian civil service is highly
risk averse and does not easily take innovative decisions.
Institutional inertia rules, particularly because these officers, in
any case, spend only two or three years on a given posting — why rock
the boat?

Second, in China, official rewards and career promotions are more
directly linked to local economic performance than in India, so the
officials involved do not usually lose sight of the overall
performance record, even as they line their own pockets. On my visits
to Beijing, I have often privately asked my Chinese friends to give me
their rough estimates of misappropriation of project value from the
frenzied, large-scale public infrastructure programmes. None of these
estimates exceeded 10 per cent.

I am reminded of another apocryphal story I once heard in Belgium that
goes like this: In an international conference in Belgium, at the
reception in the evening, an African minister took his host, a Belgian
minister, aside and asked him how on his official salary he could
afford to build the large mansion where the reception was being held.
The Belgian minister took his African guest to the window and said,
“See that road there? — 10 per cent”. Then, as usually happens in such
stories, in a year or two, there was a similar conference in Africa
where at the reception given by that African minister at his home, the
Belgian minister asked how his host could build the huge palace on his
income. The African minister took his Belgian guest to the window and
said, “See that road?” The Belgian minister looked this way and that
way, and said, “I don’t see any road here”. The African minister
smiled and said, “100 per cent”. I presume in China politicians do not
steal 100 per cent, as their career promotion depends on the over-all
economic performance of the area they are in charge of.

Third, in the past authoritarian regimes of South Korea and Taiwan,
the political machine and its corruption were more centralised, which
is less distortionary in its effects than decentralised corruption.
Like the efficiency of “lumpsum taxation” in public finance theory,
lumpsum bribery distorts fewer decisions at the margin. Indonesia
under Suharto was by most international measures more corrupt than
India, and yet overall economic performance was much better. It is
possible that Indonesian corruption at that time was more centralised
(controlled largely by the first family and the top military
leadership) and thus somewhat more predictable, whereas in India
corruption was (and is) a more fragmented, often anarchic, system of
bribery, as is now the case in post-Suharto Indonesia.

Finally, as elections become more expensive, politicians in India have
to be on the lookout for serious money to an extent not necessary in
China and other authoritarian regimes. Donations to election funds
from the corporate oligarchy (and from real estate business), often
under the table, have become more important. The corrupt impact of
this on policy (including in matters of allocation of land, monopoly
rights on natural resources or telecommunication spectrum or those of
regularisation of all kinds of unauthorised constructions and
environment-polluting enterprises) is much too evident. Of course, in
this respect our corrupt election financing has brought about results
that are similar to what Chinese authoritarian crony capitalism has
achieved through unaccountable political processes. At least in India,
one hopes, there are institutional processes and checks (through
elections, courts, right to information, etc.) in place which are
somewhat more effective.

The author teaches at the University of California, Berkeley College
of Letters and Science


Nov 27, 2009, 9:14:55 AM11/27/09

Ranchi, November 27, 2009
Vigilance Bureau issues fresh summons to Koda

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda at an election rally in
Ranchi. File Photo: PTI

The Vigilance Bureau issued fresh summons to former Jharkhand Chief
Minister Madhu Koda in a disproportionate assets case to appear before
it on December 4 after he failed to do so on Friday.

“He was to appear today. But he sent a letter stating that he was busy
in electioneering. The department immediately issued (fresh) summons
to appear before it on December 4,” Inspector General of Police
(Vigilance) M.V Rao told PTI here.

The summons was issued in connection with a disproportionate assets
(DA) case pending before the special Vigilance Court here.

Bandhu Tirkey, Kamlesh Singh and Bhanu Pratap Sahi are the other
former ministers in the then Koda government who are also facing DA
charges, Mr. Rao said.

Mr. Koda had also failed to appear before the Enforcement Directorate
on November 13, 15 and 19 citing the same reason.

The ED had summoned him in connection with the Rs. 4,000 crore money
laundering case that it booked against him and eight others.

Subsequent raids by the Income Tax department on 70 premises,
including Koda’s, on October 31 had revealed a Rs. 2,000 crore alleged
Hawala transactions and illegal investments.

The IT and ED authorities are studying documents relating to mines as
Mr. Koda held that portfolio since 2004 and retained it after taking
over the reins from Arjun Munda.

Sid Harth

Nov 28, 2009, 10:45:51 AM11/28/09

Koda dodges vigilance again

Ranchi, Nov. 27: Former chief minister Madhu Koda did not keep his
date with the state vigilance today, explaining in a letter that he
was busy campaigning.

The vigilance bureau, which has now asked him to appear at its Audrey
House headquarters on December 4, was understandably not pleased with
the way the former chief minister has been dodging investigators in
connection with the July 2 FIR against him and three former cabinet
colleagues for owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of

This afternoon, Koda sent over an emissary at Audrey House to deliver
a letter to the IG vigilance, M.V. Rao, saying he was busy campaigning
in Chaibasa for party nominees that included his wife, Geeta.

The vigilance bureau, sources said, had taken a serious view of Koda’s
absence today. They pointed out the former chief minister had earlier
this month dodged both the income tax and enforcement directorate
officials on the same pretext.

“Investigations cannot be impeded merely because an accused is busy,”
a senior vigilance officer said.

While the income tax department is engaged in unearthing Koda’s hidden
incomes and assets, the enforcement directorate has lodged an FIR
against him and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Rao confirmed to The Telegraph that fresh summons had been issued to
interrogate the former chief minister.

To speed up investigations, the sources added, the vigilance bureau
would be seeking the help of the income tax department to try and
establish a link between various assets and documents unearthed during
the joint IT and ED raids on Koda’s associates _ Vinod Sinha, Sanjay
Choudhary and Mumbai-based hawala dealers_ to him.


Nov 30, 2009, 5:39:48 AM11/30/09
Page last updated at 09:23 GMT, Monday, 30 November 2009

India politician Madhu Koda held in corruption case

Mr Koda is an independent politician

A former chief minister of the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand has
been arrested in connection with a corruption investigation.

Madhu Koda, an independent politician was arrested nearly two months
after a case was registered against him.

Mr Koda is under investigation for for allegedly possessing assets
disproportionate with his income and for alleged money laundering.

Mr Koda has denied the charges and says they are "politically

He had failed to appear before the authorities for questioning
regarding a case of laundering money saying that he would be available
only after elections in Jharkhand on 18 December.

Mr Koda, 38, was arrested in Chaibasa district on the instruction of
India's Enforcement Directorate which investigates economic crimes,
police said.

He is alleged to have laundered millions of dollars during his stints
as chief minister of Jharkhand between 2006 and 2008.

For the past month, the Enforcement Directorate and income tax
authorities have raided dozens of offices and homes all over the
country to investigate the allegations against Mr Koda.

The Jharkhand vigilance department has also filed a case against Mr
Koda and three former ministers, Bandhu Tirkey, Bhanu Pratap Shahi and
Kamlesh Singh, for allegedly accepting bribes, reports say.

Sid Harth

Nov 30, 2009, 3:00:45 PM11/30/09
Military secretary found guilty of corruption in land scam
Josy Joseph / DNA
Monday, November 30, 2009 2:38 IST

New Delhi: A high-ranking army officer, a lieutenant general
responsible for promotions and postings, has been found guilty on
several counts of misdeed in favouring a private company to build a
sprawling educational establishment at a sensitive location.

This is perhaps the first time that a principal staff officer (PSO),
one of the seven senior Lt Generals who look after crucial functions
and report directly to the army chief, has been found guilty of such
misdeeds, including conspiracy.

Military secretary Lt Gen Avdhesh Prakash entertained the businessmen,
who wanted to set up the educational establishment, at his official
residence; he forced the military to modify a proposed memorandum of
understanding with the business house, and even met several people on
behalf of the proposed institution, the court of inquiry in Kolkata
has found. His culpability in the fraud "has been established beyond
doubt," a military source told DNA.

The inquiry wound up this weekend, and is expected to submit its
report in a couple of days. The findings raise uncomfortable questions
for the government: Will it allow the army to let the rules take their
course -- including possible convening a court-martial to try Lt Gen
Prakash? Or will it take recourse to other means, such as the summary
dismissal of the Lt General to show its resolve to fight corruption
and such misdeeds? Or, will it give him an 'honourable' exit from the
army, allowing him to go on leave till retirement?

According to military sources, the court of inquiry into the land scam
at the 33 Corps headquarters in Sukna, West Bengal, was told by
several military officers and private individuals that Lt Gen Prakash
played a crucial role in the entire conspiracy.

The idea was to replace the original decision of the 33 Corps to not
permit any commercial enterprises on a piece of land outside the corps
headquarters near Siliguri, West Bengal.

To begin with, a forged document was used to replace the original
papers (in which the decision not to let private enterprises in the
land was recorded). Then a series of other decisions were imposed on
the 33 Corps to help the Kolkata-based business group to start a Rs300
crore enterprise on the 70-acre land.

Lt General PK Rath, who was the 33 Corps chief when the army signed
the MoU with the private group, told the court of inquiry that most of
his actions were at the behest of Lt Gen Prakash.

Sharat Bajoria, the business house owner, told the inquiry that he was
introduced to Lt Gen Prakash at the military secretary's government-
allotted residence in New Delhi. In turn, Lt Gen Prakash told the
inquiry that he had known Dalip Sabarwal, a contractor who introduced
Bajoria to him, for several years.

Incidentally, Sabarwal is also the contractor for building a war
memorial in Kumaon regimental centre in Uttaranchal. Lt Gen Prakash is
the colonel commandant of the regiment.

Incidentally, a host of policy decisions on promotions during
Prakash's tenure has led to a revolt in the ranks.


Nov 30, 2009, 7:42:40 PM11/30/09
Stamp paper scam: Telgi gets 10-year jail

Posted: Monday , Nov 30, 2009 at 1855 hrs
New Delhi:

Prime accused in the multi-crore fake stamp paper case Abdul Karim
Telgi and two of his accomplices were sentenced to 10 years rigorous
imprisonment by the special CBI court in Bhopal.

The judge found Telgi, Shabbir Ahmed Sheikh and Sohail Khan guilty
under section of 120-B of Indian Penal Code pertaining to criminal
conspiracy and IPC section 255 dealing with counterfeiting of
government stamp papers and imposed fine of Rs five lakh on each of
them in each count, a CBI spokesperson said here today.

“The court also found the three accused persons guilty under section
69 of Indian Stamp Act read with 120B and imposed sentences of 6
months rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 500. The sentences are to
run concurrently,” he said.

The CBI had registered two fake stamp paper cases in 2004 on the
orders of Supreme Court.

“In one case, Jagjeevan Yadav, proprietor of Malwa Enterprises, Indore
allegedly supplied 200 forged stamps at the rate of Rs 50 worth Rs
10,000 to State Bank of India, Dhar on May 1 and June 7 in the year
2000. The payments for the same were made through demand draft to the
company. However, he was not authorized for sale of stamp paper,” he

Yadav had also supplied forged and fake stamp and stamp papers to
various institutions in the district, causing wrongful loss to the
state government, the spokesperson said.

“In another case it was alleged that Giriraj Prasad Bhatnagar, Manager
Bank of India, Simrol Branch was contacted by two employees of Malwa
Enterprises during June 2000 and was informed that they were working
for Sohail Khan, Abdul Gafoor Mujahid, Karim and Ashfaq,” he said.

The above mentioned two employees of the said firm offered to supply
special adhesive stamps and non-judicial stamp papers to the bank in
its premises only, he said.

“Judicial Stamp Papers and Non-Judicial Stamp paper were supplied by
the company through its employees,” the CBI spokesperson said.

“Later, it was revealed that stamp papers supplied to the bank were
fake. The complainant was further informed that the company had the
license to supply in the name of Yadav,” the official said.

The CBI had filed two separate chargesheets accusing trio along with
Jagjeevan Yadav, Ashfaq Mulla and Mansoor Bacholikar under different
sections of IPC.

“Jagjeevan Yadav and Abdul Gafoor Mujahid expired during trial and
investigation respectively, hence proceedings against them were
abated. Ashfaq Mulla and Mansoor Bacholikar were made approvers in
this cases. The court had granted pardon to them,” he said.

Comments (1) |

By: citizen | 30-Nov-2009

What did they do with the illegal money they accumulated by selling
forged papers? Did anyone try to find this? These culprits/thiefs/
goons will be out within no time to do the same with the support of
the corrupt politicians.


Dec 1, 2009, 6:59:15 PM12/1/09
Allies foisted Koda on us: Congress

1 Dec 2009, 2234 hrs IST, Navtan Kumar, ET Bureau

RANCHI: The Congress admitted on Tuesday that Madhu Koda was made
Jharkhand chief minister under pressure from United Progressive
Alliance (UPA) allies. Mr Koda was arrested by the state vigilance
bureau on Monday in a disproportionate assets case.

Mr Koda is a key accused in the Rs 2,000-crore money laundering scam
and illegal mining deals.

AICC general secretary and ex-chief minister of Madhya Pradesh
Digvijay Singh said the party supported Mr Koda for the post under
pressure from allies but he failed to provide a clean government. Mr
Koda, an Independent MLA, was made chief minister after the Arjun
Munda government was toppled in 2006. His government was supported by
the Congress from outside.

Reacting to Mr Koda’s allegations that the Congress was behind his
arrest, Mr Singh said Mr Koda should present his point of view in a
transparent manner and should avoid from making sweeping statements.
"No Congress chief minister has faced any such allegations. The
Congress is against corruption and those who are involved in
corruption should be ready to face the result," he said.

About the alleged illegal mining deals struck during the Koda regime,
Mr Singh said investigating agencies should also probe all the deals
of the Arjun Munda regime.

On Union minister Subodh Kant Sahay’s declaration that Dr Ram Dayal
Munda will be chief ministerial candidate in case the party came to
power, Mr Singh clarified that Congress never makes such
announcements. "The chief minister’s name is decided by the MLAs in
consultation with the Congress president. A senior leader like Mr
Sahay should not have made such an announcement," he said.

Meanwhile, the stage is set for the second round of polling in 14
Assembly constituencies on Wednesday. The state government and the
Election Commission have made elaborate arrangements for ensuring
peaceful and smooth polling, especially in the wake of Maoists’ threat
to disrupt polling. As many as 30.96 lakh voters will exercise their
franchise to elect MLAs from 259 candidates (15 women) in 4,315
polling booths.

In a related development, a special vigilance court on Tuesday sent
former Jharkhand minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader
Kamlesh Singh to 14 days judicial custody in connection with a DA
case. He was arrested at Hussainabad in Palamau district on Monday.

The court, however, granted his plea to allow him to file nomination
papers from Hussainabad assembly seat as Tuesday was the last day for
filing the papers. Polling in Hussainabad takes place on December

Sid Harth

Dec 2, 2009, 1:48:18 PM12/2/09
Corruption, cost escalation in Delhi govt CWG projects: BJP

Press Trust of India / New Delhi December 2, 2009, 17:43 IST

Alleging "massive corruption" in all infrastructure projects linked
to the Commonwealth Games 2010, BJP today said Delhi Government has
been spending huge sum of money "mindlessly" to speed up work on them
as the mega event approaches.

Alleging that the government was responsible for "inordinate delays"
in implementation of various key projects, senior party leader V K
Malhotra said huge cost escalation of work was only benefitting the

"Massive corruption is taking place in all the projects being
implemented by the Delhi Government. Now the Government is ready to
spend any amount of money to ensure national prestige," Malhotra told

Asked whether he has any substantial proof to back his allegation, he
said the Comptroller and Auditor General in its report has already
found financial irregularities in implementation of various projects.
"Cost of the projects has increased three-four times. Who is
responsible for it? Is it not corruption?"

The government is now increasing cost of most of the projects which
will only benefit the builders and contractors," Malhotra, who is also
Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, said. Malhotra, who is a
senior vice-president of Indian Olympics Association (IOA), said the
city will face huge embarrassment during the event because of the
"pathetic traffic and law and order situation".

Slamming the government for "not carrying out development works" in
unauthorised colonies, he said the "pathetic condition" of the slums
and these colonies will be "exposed" to the outside world. The BJP
leader also feared that builders and contractors may compromise on
quality of infrastructure to meet the deadline.

Not satisfied with the preparation for the event, Commonwealth Games
Federation (CGF) President Michael Fennel had in September sought
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's intervention to put things in order.

Later, a CGF delegation that included Fennel too, expressed
satisfaction over progress of work.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit maintains that her government will
complete all the work well in time although it was little "nervous"
about the preparations.


Dec 2, 2009, 8:09:57 PM12/2/09
7 raided babus have Rs 6.86-cr property
TNN 3 December 2009, 02:23am IST

BANGALORE: Oddly enough, the officials our Lokayukta cops raid live in
a time warp: where acres of real estate still cost sleepy lakhs, and
gold is just Rs 450 a gram. Sample this: the value of three acres of
land, with a Mangalore tile house at Banavasi village, bordering
Hassan, is worth just Rs 1.05 lakh.

Similarly, four acres and 20 guntas of land near Gulbarga, with a
compound constructed around the entire plot in blackstone, is Rs 2.8
lakh! What a steal!

These are some of the properties the Lokayukta came upon during its
raids on Wednesday on seven government officials — it added up assets
to the tune of Rs 6.86 crore, and even that sum is disproportionate to
their known sources of income.

The raided officials include Karnataka State Forest Industries
Corporation assistant manager B C Shantha Kumar, in Hassan, motor
vehicles inspector Jayananda B Narasannanavar in Chikkodi, additional
deputy commissioner of Chamarajnagar Nagappa, Gulbarga University
director of physical education Pratap Singh Tiwari, KIADB junior
engineer Shivalingaiah in Dharwad, Hopcoms first-division assistant C
Devaraju in Bangalore and Sagar panchayat raj executive engineer
Srikanth R.


Dec 3, 2009, 2:02:45 AM12/3/09
Karunakaran makes an emotional appeal to Sonia

Express News Service
First Published : 03 Dec 2009 08:15:54 AM IST

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Veteran Congress leader K.Karunakaran on Wednesday
wrote an emotional letter to AICC president Sonia Gandhi seeking a
smooth re-induction of K.Muraleedharan into the Congress fold.

The letter was personally handed over to Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on
Wednesday by P.C.Chacko MP, who has been advocating Muraleedharan’s re-
entry into the party.

In his letter, Karunakaran requested Sonia Gandhi to favourably
consider the demand of Muraleedharan to rejoin the Congress before the
local-self government elections, which is due in 2010.

“The AICC president should favourably consider his request and take a
decision soon,’’ the veteran leader said in his letter.

Karunakaran said that he along with other party workers, including
former KPCC president K Muraleedharan, had quit the Congress following
certain circumstantial pressures. But the Congress has the rich
tradition of taking back those who are willing to come back admitting
their mistakes, the letter said.

``I have devoted my entire life for strengthening the Congress party.
As a senior leader of the party I hope my request will be favourably
considered at this juncture,’’ says Karunakaran concluding the letter.

Muraleedharan will reach New Delhi on December 6 to attend a
function. He is scheduled to have yet another round of talks with the
central leaders of the party during this visit.

Muraleedharan had earlier given a letter to Mohsina Kidwai, AICC
general secretary who is in charge of Kerala affairs, conveying his
desire to rejoin the party unconditionally.

As per the suggestions of senior leaders like A.K.Antony and Vayalar
Ravi, Muraleedharan also had discussions with Opposition Leader Oommen
Chandy and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala here.

The next KPCC executive committee meeting is scheduled to discuss the
re-entry of Muraleedharan as the AICC is waiting for the KPCC decision
in this regard.

However, the state leadership is yet to finalise a date for the next
meeting of the KPCC executive.


A Man who is entering in to 90s life or even entered is prostrating
before Sonia Gandhi bartering self respect.That is the position in
Indian Society now. Family System in India has brought misery in to
politics.For an ouside observer like me Mr Karunakaran seems to be
horribly corrupted.AK Antony seems to be honest. Antony rose in the
party after Karunakaran left it. As Mr N. Krishna said all in the
congress are corrupt only degree varies.Take the opportunism of Mr
Shashi Thoroor the great Nehruvian Secularist .He spent most of his
time in USA and England. and has no touch with people of India.It is a
surprise that the most politically enlightened Kerala Citizens that
too from the City Of Thiruvananthapuram elected him.
By Karavadi Raghava Rao
12/3/2009 11:04:00 AM

Veteran Congress leader K.Karunakaran was a Hindu terrorist who killed
a policeman when he started his political career. Veteran Congress
leader K.Karunakaran escaped the noose of justice and become a CM of
Kerala. His rule has damaged the Hindu community for ever and with the
fake ISRO spy case created by CIA agents in the media and Kerala
police enabled the CIA created AK Anthony in the seat of CM in place
of Karunakaran. Karunakaran’s vagabond son K. Muraleedharan was
working in Dubai and was running Hawala from his Deira office in
Dubai. He has is share of illegal occupation and regularization of
forest land and these two things make him in league with all congress
politicians like Sonia, Rahul and Ramesh Chennithala. All the goodas,
foreign agents, Pope plants, prostitutes hawala operators deserve top
position in congress party.
By n.krishna
12/3/2009 10:51:00 AM

Congress party in kerala is in a strong position than it was 3 years
ago. If sonia admits Muraleedharan back into the congress then she is
digging the grave for congress party in Kerala. Muraleedharan as
everyone knows is mentally retarded his inclusion will only fuel
factionalism in the party, he is corrupt to the core only one example
he collected money and bought a building in Trivandrum while he formed
DICK as the party headquarters in his own name let him disclose what
is the status of the property now is that still on his name or did he
donate that to the congress party. Keep the corrupt Murali out of
By Sangeetha
12/3/2009 10:26:00 AM

He despearately wants to continue the misdees and corruption .Sonia
Gandhi should stand firm in the decision to exclude any member of the
family of Karunakaran in to the congress fold
By Srinivasan
12/3/2009 8:51:00 AM


Dec 3, 2009, 5:54:38 AM12/3/09
Punjab Vigilance nabs 3 GOs and 5 NGOs red handed
Punjab Newsline Network
Thursday, 03 December 2009

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Vigilance Bureau, in a drive against corruption in
public life, arrested three Gazzetted Officers (GOs) and five Non-
Gazzetted Officers (NGOs) in eight different bribery cases in last
month and was able to secure the conviction of thirteen accused in
twelve different vigilance cases.

Disclosing this here on Thursday Rajinder Singh, SP-cum-Joint Director
(Admn.) Vigilance Bureau Punjab, said that Bureau has put up its best
efforts to eradicate corruption amongst public servants and others in
every sphere in the State.

In this direction, the Vigilance officers have ensured that suspect
did not escape judicial punishment in the various courts in the State.

He added that during the last month of November, the Vigilance had
nabbed eight corrupt public servants red handedly accepting bribes in
eight different cases which include three Gazzetted Officers namely
Vijay Kumar Janjua, IAS, Director-cum-Secretary Industries, Mr Manjit
Singh Tehsildar Kapurthala, Dr Parveen Mahindru PHC Bajakhana and 3
Revenue officials. The Bureau has also registered two criminal cases
and three cases of disproportionate assets cases against the suspect
corrupt officials.

Giving further details Joint Director added that during the last month
the special courts have sentenced thirteen accused including three GOs
and nine NGOs and a private person after finding them guilty for one
year to three years imprisonment with fines in twelve different
vigilance cases which included three GOs namely Surinder Singh Sidhu
PCS, DTO Moga, Subhash Chander Garg Block Panchayat Officer Distt
Mansa, Balwinder Singh SDE, Marketing Board Bathinda and two
Sarpanchs and two PSEB officials.


Dec 4, 2009, 2:41:28 AM12/4/09
Raju, family bought 1,065 properties

Ch Prashanth Reddy & B Krishna Mohan / Hyderabad December 04, 2009,
0:34 IST

Satyam Computer Services Ltd (SCSL) founder, B Ramalinga Raju, his
brothers and their spouses have acquired 1,065 properties with a
registered value of Rs 350 crore.

These include 109 properties in coastal Andhra, 11 in Karnataka, 40 in
Nagpur, 29 in Chennai and 876 in Hyderabad and the surrounding
Rangareddy district, according to sources tracking developments in the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe of the Satyam case.

On the whole, the sources said, the Raju brothers and their spouses
bought 6,012 acres of land, 37,475 square yards of housing plots and
87,439 square feet of built-up area.

Besides Raju and his family, the CBI is understood to have discovered
that former chief financial officer of Satyam, Srinivas Vadlamani,
acquired 20 properties, comprising 92.16 acres of land and 2,582 sq
yards of housing plots, with a registered value of Rs 9.29 crore. The
properties were acquired in his and in the name of his family members.

These acquisitions were made from the “wrongful gains” earned by
selling Satyam shares during the period the accounting fraud was
perpetuated in the company.

“They made hay while the sun was shining by offloading the shares
while the other investors were holding on to the shares with a false
hope” that the share value would rise, the sources quoted from a

On the whole, Raju, his family members and the front companies floated
by them are stated to have received Rs 2,700 crore by selling shares
and also by pledging shares with non-banking financial corporations.

Sources said CBI had come out with an evidence that Raju and his
associates had created seven “fake” foreign customers against whom
“forged and fabricated invoices” were raised to the tune of Rs 430
crore .

These “fake customers” were eCare Inc, Mobitel Inc, Cellnet Inc,
Synony Inc, Autotech Services, North Sea Inc and Hargrieves Inc.

Though teams were formed for developing products for the seven
companies, Satyam never delivered any products to them as no such
company existed. Nevertheless, Satyam had raised 63 invoices against
these seven companies.

Fabricated emails were sent to Satyam associates to make them believe
that the companies were actually existing.

“Detailed analysis of the emails revealed that the Internet protocol
addresses from which the emails were sent at the relevant time and
date were all from within Hyderabad, which clearly shows that such
emails never emanated from the seven foreign customers,” the CBI is
learnt to have stated.

On the role of Satyam’s former head of internal audit, V S Prabhakar
Gupta, whom the CBI arrested recently, sources said the investigating
agency was of the view that he “has deliberately suppressed the
irregularities brought out by his team”


Dec 4, 2009, 2:44:21 AM12/4/09
Raju pressured Satyam board

Ch Prashanth Reddy & B Krishna Mohan / Hyderabad December 3, 2009,
0:29 IST

Satyam Computer Services founder B Ramalinga Raju had made trips to
the Indian School of Business (ISB) in Hyderabad, to Visakhapatnam and
even the US, to convince the independent directors on the his board
for acquisition of Maytas Infra and Maytas Properties, the two
companies promoted by his family members.

This was a final and desperate effort to conceal his prolonged
falsification of accounts.

According to sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has
charged Raju with doing this to “put pressure” on them to approve the
deal. Three of the six former IDs of Satyam — Vinod Dham, Krishna
Palepu and Mangalam Srinivasan — lived in the US, while three others T
R Prasad, V S Raju and M Rammohan Rao stayed at Visakhapatnam,
Bhimavaram (about 300 km from Vizag) and the ISB campus respectively.

In addition, the date of the board meeting was communicated to the
directors only on December 13, 2008, just three days before the
meeting, unlike the usual practice of communicating such details a
fortnight in advance.

“This is the only board meeting where no agenda points were circulated
in advance. The draft board resolution was uploaded on to the board
portal only at 7.06 pm on December 15, 2008, thereby not giving any
meaningful time to the board members to prepare for the meeting,” the

sources quoted from a report.

At its December 16 meeting last year, the Satyam board had endorsed
the company’s proposal to buy Maytas Infra and Maytas Properties Ltd
(MPL) for $1.6 billion (over Rs 7,400 crore, at latest exchange rate).
The deal was aborted, following protests from investors.

The CBI is understood to have said the mergers and acquisition (M&A)
division of Satyam was not allowed to conduct its own internal
valuation and strategic studies pertaining to the deal. MPL “got
valued secretly and hurriedly through M/s E&Y”.

“In fact, no due diligence was conducted for the purpose of this
acquisition. A one-year-old draft due diligence report of M/s Luthra
and Luthra conducted for the purpose of an IPO listing of MPL was
wrongly used by (Satyam’s former chief financial officer) Sri V
Srinivas for this acquisition purpose,” the CBI said.

Meanwhile, Mahindra Satyam today said it could not assess the
potential impact, if any, of the Rs 1,220-crore (about $264-million)
loans from banks that Raju and his aides had taken by allegedly
forging board resolutions.


Dec 4, 2009, 2:47:48 AM12/4/09
New Satyam chargesheet: Khurshid says court to decide

Press Trust of India / New Delhi November 25, 2009, 20:52 IST

Amid reports that the Satyam accounting fraud could be as high as Rs
14,000 crore, nearly double of what was confessed by its founder B
Ramalinga Raju, the government today remained tight-lipped and said
the real amount would be brought before the court of law.

"Let's hope everything that has to be placed before the court is done
for the purpose of proving criminal culpability; which ultimately has
to be proved in the court. Let me not say something that will weaken
our case or help the other side," Corporate Affairs Minister Salman
Khurshid said when asked whether the scam could be worth Rs 14,000

Industry sources, however, said the purported amount of Rs 14,000
crore is an overall amount expected to have been lost by investors in
the stock market and will have no bearing on the financial health of
the company.

The minister further said that it is unfair to comment on a matter
that is subjudice. "I think we should leave to the investigating
agencies. Whatever they discover, they will take action on it, so we
must trust them. One must neither speculate, nor close any
possibilities... The court must take a view and we must not take a
public view," Khurshid added.

The CBI had filed a second chargesheet yesterday in the multi-crore
Satyam scam against its founder chairman B Ramalinga Raju, and others,
including the recently arrested internal auditor V S Prabhakar Gupta.


Dec 4, 2009, 2:50:24 AM12/4/09
Satyam's major investors lose Rs 1,600 crore

Ch Prashanth Reddy & B Krishna Mohan / Hyderabad December 2, 2009,
0:42 IST

By contrast, the fraud enabled Raju’s kin and aides to make hundreds
of crores, charges CBI.

Fifteen major Indian institutional investors — including Birla Sun
Life, ICICI Prudential, Franklin Templeton, HDFC Asset Management, UTI
Asset Management and Reliance Life Insurance — which invested in the
fraud-hit Satyam Computer Services Ltd (SCSL), are understood to have
together suffered ‘wrongful losses’ of slightly over Rs 1,600 crore.
This is part of an estimated loss of Rs 14,162.25 crore incurred by
various investors (including retail) in the company.

Satyam founder B Ramalinga Raju, his brothers B Rama Raju and B
Suryanarayana Raju, and their kin received Rs 749 crore by offloading
SCSL shares during 1999-2006, the period when the company’s accounts
were fradulently inflated, according to sources.

Sources added that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had
gathered “adequate evidence” to prove that Satyam’s then financial
executives had gained over Rs 50 crore by “offloading the shares
during the fraud period, when share prices were artificially kept

The officials who benefited allegedly include former chief financial
officer V Srinivas (gained Rs 32 crore), senior vice president -
finance, G Ramakrishna (Rs 11.27 crore), vice president - finance, D
Venkatapathy Raju (Rs 1.76 crore), head of internal audit Prabhakar
Gupta (Rs 4.48 crore) and assistant manager- finance, Ch Srisailam (Rs
89 lakh).

In 2007- 08 and 2008-09, the Satyam founder, his brothers and their
spouses received dividends to the tune of Rs 25 crore “when the
company was actually not making any profits,” the CBI said. They had
also pledged SCSL shares “after artificially inflating the share
prices” and availed of loans from various nonbanking financial
companies to the tune of Rs 1,951 crore.

With regard to diversion of funds, the CBI did not disclose any
significant amount. It just said the Satyam promoters had diverted Rs
72. 5 lakh from SCSL into front companies owned by them in the year
1999. In an earlier report, the CBI had estimated the loss suffered by
institutional investors at Rs 958.98 crore. The investigating agency
said a further probe had revealed that the loss suffered was higher.

The institutions and the loss suffered by them in brackets are: Birla
Sun Life (Rs 111. 88 crore), ICICI Prudential (Rs 22.68 crore),
Franklin Templeton (Rs 100.37 crore), HDFC Asset Management (Rs 190.45
crore), UTI Asset Management (Rs 85.97 crore), Canara Robeco (Rs 6.14
lakh), ICICI Prudential (Rs 698.67 crore), ICICI Lombard (Rs 1.53
crore), Reliance Life Insurance (Rs 5.94 crore), HDFC Standard Life
Insurance (Rs 218.07 crore), SBI Life Insurance (Rs 22.84 crore). SBI
Funds Management (Rs 26.5 crore), Metlife India Insurance (Rs 23.76
crore), Fidelity Fund Management (Rs 102.88 crore) and Max New York
Life Insurance (Rs 18.36 lakh).

The CBI had estimated the total loss suffered by investors in SCSL was
Rs 14,162.25 crore, based on the average share price fall after the
fraud confession of Raju on January 7, 2009.


Dec 4, 2009, 2:52:26 AM12/4/09
Satyam tanks 13% as CBI doubles scam loss

Press Trust of India / Mumbai November 25, 2009, 15:54 IST

Shares of Satyam Computer (now Mahindra Satyam) today plunged over 13
per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange after the CBI said that the loss
suffered by investors in the Satyam scam may stretch to a staggering
Rs 14,000 crore, nearly double of what it was estimated to be earlier.

After a weak opening on the bourses, Satyam counter to a low of Rs
88.15, down 13.28 per cent over the previous close on the BSE.

The CBI yesterday filed the second chargesheet in the multi-crore
Satyam scam against its founder chairman B Ramalinga Raju and others,
including recently arrested internal auditor VS Prabhakar Gupta.

Marketmen said investors dumped the stock amid concerns of further
downside after the CBI chargesheet as the amount of fraud estimated by
the CBI is way higher than the initial estimates of Rs 7,800 crore.

On the National Stock Exchange the counter witnessed a similar
downtrend and plunged 13.29 per cent to a low of Rs 88.10 during the
afternoon trade.

Over 10.20 crore shares changed hands on both the bourses. As per the
chargesheet the accused have created fake customers and generated fake
invoices to inflate revenue to the tune of Rs 430 crore.

In January Raju admitted of cooking up the financial books of Satyam
to the extent of Rs 7,800 crore following which the scrip plunged as
much 78 per cent on a single day.


Dec 4, 2009, 2:54:39 AM12/4/09
CBI files second chargesheet in Satyam scam

Press Trust of India / Hyderabad November 24, 2009, 18:20 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed second
chargesheet in the multi-crore rupee Satyam scam against the founder
chairman of the company B Ramalinga Raju and others, including
recently arrested internal auditor of the company V S Prabhakar Gupta.

The chargesheet was filed in the designated court here accusing Raju
and Gupta under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for
allegedly indulging in siphoning off money to tax-haven countries,
including Mauritius.

As per the chargesheet, the accused forged board resolutions and
unauthorisedly obtained loans to the tune of Rs 1,220 crore for Satyam

"They also prepared fake invoices worth Rs 430 crore," the chargesheet

The chargesheet comes within days of the CBI team going to other
countries to probe the alleged diversion of funds by Raju and re-
routing back to India, official sources said.

The funds were routed back to India via European nations as
"investments" in nearly 300 alleged fictitious companies floated in
the name of his relatives, they said.

The CBI, which is probing the Rs 10,000-crore accounting fraud at
Satyam Computer Services, has found during investigations that Raju
had diverted big amounts to Mauritius from where the money was brought
back to India via several European countries, they added.

Sources said the amount of Rs 7,800 crore mentioned by Raju in his
"confessional statement" earlier this year was far less then what is
emerging out of the investigations.

The second chargesheet highlights some more financial transactions
made by Raju and some of his associates, sources said. It contains
1,549 additional documents and submissions from 301 witnesses.

In all, it is a 55,000-page document with a 200-page supplementary

The CBI had filed the first chargesheet on April 7 this year.

The agency, after filing the second chargesheet, is expected to travel
to the US and probe the transactions made in the current accounts
maintained in Bank of Baroda's New York branch and a non-existent
balance of Rs 1,733 crore that has been found till date.

The CBI, which has set up a multi-disciplinary investigation team,
including officials from the Income Tax Department, the Enforcement
Directorate and the RBI, has claimed that the money involved in the
scam is nearly Rs 10,000 crore, more than what was stated by Raju in
his confessional note in January this year.


Dec 4, 2009, 1:36:57 PM12/4/09
Will expose several 'Madhu Kodas' in Goa: BJP

Published on Fri, Dec 04, 2009 at 21:36 in Politics section

MINE BOMB: The 100 mines in Goa export nearly 30 million tonnes of
iron ore annually.

Panaji: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday alleged that state
support to illegal mining and corruption in Goa's mining industry had
reached "unacceptable levels" and vowed to expose "several Madhu
Kodas" in the state, during the forthcoming Assembly session.

Addressing a press conference here, Leader of Opposition in the
Assembly Manohar Parrikar said that the state government's moves to
carve out new mining leases measuring 600,000 sq mt in South Goa in
face of public opposition, smacked of corruption and vested interests.

"Everyone from the collector to the talathi (mofussil revenue officer)
is involved in manipulating documentation in order to create these new
mining leases," he alleged.

"During the Assembly session, the BJP will expose the several Madhu
Kodas in Goa who are ravaging and squeezing the state dry," Parrikar
said, referring to former Jharkand chief minister Madhu Koda who is at
the centre of a Rs 4,000 crore scam involving kick backs from
corporate mining houses to open up mining leases in Jharkhand.

Parrikar had earlier alleged that Koda had mining interests in Goa and
was hand in glove with several of Goa's top ranking politicians as far
as illegal mining was concerned.

Mining for low grade iron ore and manganese is one of the principal
industries in the state, fetching nearly Rs 6,000 crore revenue from
exporting the ore to countries like China and Japan. The 100 mines in
Goa export nearly 30 million tonnes of iron ore annually.


Dec 5, 2009, 7:57:16 PM12/5/09
300 crorepati babus in Bihar!
Faizan Ahmad, TNN 6 December 2009, 02:41am IST

PATNA: A staggering 300 Bihar government employees earning modest
government salaries are crorepatis. If this isn’t surprising enough,
here’s more:

All but two of the sleazy 300 continue to hold on to their secure as
also, no doubt, lucrative - government jobs despite long stints in

According to official figures, 71 such corrupt babus were caught until
November this year by the state vigilance bureau. In 2006, when chief
minister Nitish Kumar cracked the whip on graft, 70-odd ‘trap’ cases
led to the arrest of 76 employees. This figure shot up to 131 in 2007;
while 97 others were caught with their hands in the till in 2008. Of
these 365 arrested babus, Vigilance Bureau found 300 of them had
assets and other valuables running into crores.

In the last four years, chargesheets were submitted against 596
gazetted and 632 non-gazetted public servants apart from 302 others,
including those arrested before 2006. With just one vigilance court in
Bihar for ‘trap’ cases, only a handful of them have been convicted so
far. Worse, the departments concerned have been indifferent about
sacking the convicts.

The only two corrupt public servants fired were clerks — one in
commercial taxes department and the other in the agriculture

“The vigilance bureau has no role in the dismissal of government
servants arrested on corruption charge,” said ADG (vigilance) Anil
Sinha. “Our job is to arrest them, file FIRs, investigate the case,
submit chargesheets and put them on trial,’’ he said, adding dismissal
has to be ordered by the departments concerned.

Sinha admits trials in such cases haven’t been fast because there is
just one court for ‘trap’ cases. “But the pace of trials has
increased, with court proceedings taking place daily,’’ he added.

Another senior cop said speedy trial and conviction of such employees
would go a long way in discouraging others. The vigilance department,
too, feels that dismissals would create a sense of fear among other
greedy babus. Nitish Kumar has emphasised the need for special courts
to deal exclusively with trap and disproportionate assets cases. ``If
I had my way, I’ll have illegal properties amassed by them confiscated
and open schools in their palatial buildings,’’ Kumar said.

The state government has already got a Bihar Special Courts Bill,
2009, passed by the state legislature which provides for confiscation
of assets of corrupt government servants. But the Bill’s awaiting
Centre’s approval.

“It is pending with the Centre since March this year despite reminders
from the CM who has even met Union law minister Veerappa Moily in this
regard,’’ a senior state official said.


Dec 5, 2009, 8:04:33 PM12/5/09

Breaking News:

Poor forced to pay bribe to get kids into school: Survey
Kounteya Sinha , TNN 15 July 2008, 10:15am IST

NEW DELHI: Even India's poorest are being forced to pay bribes to
ensure their children go to school. Paying to get educated (TOI

A Transparency International India-CMS survey that looked at
corruption in India's school education sector, specially focusing on
below poverty line (BPL) households settled in rural India has thrown
up shocking conclusions.

Around seven lakh BPL households in India paid bribe in the last one
year to avail services related to school education of their children -
the total amount paid as bribe being estimated to be around Rs 12
crore. Another nine lakh BPL households used contacts to get their
child admitted or promoted in school. However, another five lakh BPL
households weren't that lucky - their children couldn't avail such
services because they were either too poor to pay bribe or had
absolutely no contact or influence to use as an advantage.

The survey - that covered 22,728 randomly selected BPL households
across 31 states and union territories - said a majority of those who
paid bribe did so for getting their children admitted in the school or
for getting promotion of their children from one class to another.
Issuing school-leaving certificate was another lucrative business for
corrupt schools authorities. However, the amount bribed was highest
when it came for allotment of hostel. In comparison, a higher
proportion of urban BPL households (40%) paid bribe for new admission
and issuance of certificate as against rural areas (33%).

On the other hand, a higher proportion of rural BPL households (32%)
paid bribe for promotion of their children from one class to another
as against urban households (28%). The same is the case in applying
for scholarship where 12% rural BPL families paid bribe compared to 3%
urban BPL households. Of those who paid bribe, 86% paid it directly to
officials of the school while 12% paid it through middlemen.

According to the report, on an average, a BPL household had to pay Rs
171 as bribe in the last one year related to school education of their
children. While looking at states with moderate or high corruption in
the school education sector, the level of corruption in Bihar, Uttar
Pradesh, Meghalaya and Goa was found to be “alarming”.

Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Assam and Madhya Pradesh reported “very
high corruption” standards while Chandigarh, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil
Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Nagaland were put in the “high
corruption” category. States like Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura
and West Bengal, despite figuring way below in the country's
Educational Development Index, reported “moderate” corruption, “thanks
to active citizenry or social pressure”.

More than one-fourth (28%) of BPL households across the country felt
that there was corruption in school education, while 41% felt that
there was no corruption in school education in the last one year.

In the survey, 22% of BPL households acknowledged that the school
education service had taken some initiatives to check corruption while
more than 40% BPL households felt that no measures were taken to check
corruption in the last one year. More than one-third (37%) of the BPL
households felt that the level of corruption in school education had
come down while 18% felt corruption level had increased in the last
one year.

The school education service report is part of a larger national TII-
CMS India Corruption Study 2007 study.

...and I am Sid Harth


Dec 5, 2009, 8:07:00 PM12/5/09
PM on corruption: 'Big fish' must not escape punishment
PTI 26 August 2009, 12:19pm IST

NEW DELHI: Asking CBI and state anti- corruption officials to
aggressively pursue "high level corruption", Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Wednesday said the perception that "big fish" escape
punishment must change and they should act swiftly and without fear.
( Watch Video )

Opening a conference of CBI and state anti-corruption bureaux here, he
said there was no single remedy for fighting corruption which has to
be combated at many levels, one of which was making existing systems
less discretionary.

"High-level corruption should be pursued aggressively. There is a
pervasive feeling that while petty cases get tackled quickly, the big
fish escape punishment. This has to change," Singh said.

The Prime Minister said while quick investigation was important and
necessary, it was not sufficient to bring the guilty to book.

"Trials should be conducted expeditiously and judgements delivered
quickly. To begin with the aim should be to conclude the trial in two
years so that punishment could be given to the offenders within a
period of three years or so," he said.

Singh said the government has recently decided to set up 71 new CBI
courts and expected them to function as model courts, hold day-to-day
proceedings and avoid unnecessary adjournments.

The Prime Minister said the world respects Indian democracy, its
plural and secular values, independent judiciary, free press, its
commitment to freedom and peace and its pursuit of equitable and
inclusive growth.

"But pervasive corruption in our country tarnishes our image. It also
discourages investors, who expect fair treatment and transparent
dealings. As the country grows and integrates with the world economy,
corruption continues to be an impediment to harnessing the best
technology and resources," he said.

Singh said the urgent need to combat corruption cannot be over
emphasised as it distorts the rule of law and weakens institutions.

"It hurts our economic growth in a variety of ways apart from
hindering our efforts to build a just, fair and equitable society," he

The Prime Minister said there is a constant refrain in public
discourse that much of what the government provides never reaches the
intended beneficiaries -- whether it is subsidised food grains for the
poor, loans, fertilisers or seeds on concessional terms for small and
marginal farmers or the benefit of employment programmes for the

"This should be a matter of serious concern for all of us
collectively," he said.

Singh said there was no single remedy for fighting corruption and
battle against it has to be fought at many levels.

"The design of development programmes should provide for more
transparency and accountability. Systems and procedures which are
opaque, complicated, centralised and discretionary are a fertile
breeding ground for the evil of corruption. They should be made more
transparent, simple, decentralised and less discretionary," he said.

The two-day 17th biennial conference of CBI, state anti-corruption
bureaux and vigilance agencies is being attended by their heads from
all states and Union Territories.

...and I am Sid harth


Dec 9, 2009, 1:24:18 PM12/9/09
Koda case: ED team to visit Liberia, Sweden among others
PTI 9 December 2009, 08:37pm IST

NEW DELHI: A special team of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) will
soon visit several countries as part of its probe into the alleged
multi-crore hawala and illegal investment case against former
Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and his associates.

ED's move comes following issuance of Letters Rogatory (LR) by a
Prevention of Money Laundering Act court in Ranchi today, official
sources said.

Following the issuance of the LR, a team of ED officials will leave
for Liberia, Sweden, Thailand, Indonesia, UAE and Switzerland among
other countries, they said.

Koda is currently in judicial custody following his arrest by
Jharkhand Vigilance Department under a disproportionate asset case on
November 30.

ED had earlier sent out 'source information' to all the mentioned
countries based on seized documents including documents suggesting
secret swiss bank accounts.

While the LR is a formal legal document issued through the court on
behalf of an investigating agency to provide for documents and sharing
of relevant details with other countries, 'source information' is data
obtained on an informal basis by probe agencies worldwide.


Dec 10, 2009, 8:15:02 AM12/10/09
December 09, 2009
Brigadier Arun Bajpai (Retd)

Recently all major news papers in the country had their headlines
screaming of raids being conducted in eight states and sixty premises
of Mr. Madhu Koda, the ex chief Minister of Jharkhand and his four
accomplices in connection with a 2000 corers scam. Before this the
60000 corers telecom wrong doing was hogging the lime light with
fingers being pointed at the Telecom Minister of India Mr. Raja. With
these happenings becoming a regular feature in India one may tend to
agree with the recent global survey that rates India as 84 Th most
corrupt country in the World.

Jharkhand, one of the most mineral rich states in India had a unique
distinction some time back of Mr. Madhu Khoda, an independent MLA,
becoming Chief Minister of the state and continuing for 23 months,
duly supported by the Congress and RJD. None of these parties claimed
the coveted post of CM themselves. It was also a strange coincidence
that the Congress led UPA 1 Government at the Centre at that time did
not hesitate in clearing 24 mining proposals recommended by Mr. Madhu
Khoda, in his 23 months tenure. Needless to say it is grant of these
mining rights which has resulted in the present ill gotten wealth of
the Honorable Chief Minister leading to his present troubles.

Fingers are being pointed at Mr. Raja for a major telecom scam which
has costed the country to the tune of 60000 corers. Of course Mr. Raja
is denying that there was any wrong doing. He is even bringing in the
name of no less a person than Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
himself by saying that he had kept him informed. Mr. Raja belongs to
the DMK party which is the coalition partner of the Congress led
Government at the Centre.

In Maharashtra the election results to the state assembly were
declared on 22 Oct 09.The coalition of Congress and NCP won the
election. The new Government should have taken office within two to
three days. However till 04 November there was no Government to govern
Maharashtra an economically the most developed state of India. This
impasse has been caused because the coalition partners failed to reach
agreement on the sharing of portfolios of the key ministries carrying
major pelf and perks. The big question is how these politicians can be
so callous to the people who elected them in first place? In democracy
it is the will of the people which is supposed to be supreme but in
India our politicians make this basic principle stand on its head.
After being elected they hardly show any sense of accountability and
sensitivity to the very people who elected them.

Hardly one year has passed since Karnataka, after a fairly long period
of instability, got a stable Government led by Mr. BS Yeddyrappa. Now
there is revolt against the Chief Minister Mr. Yeddyrappa from within
the ranks of his party the BJP. The Reddy brothers, the chief
architect of this revolt are supposedly close to mining magnets of
Bellary mining complex of Karnataka. They and their backers do not
like the ways of Mr. Yeddyrappa. They want a change. This is happening
to a party which claims that they are disciplined and are a political
party with difference. The sufferers will again be the people of
Karnataka. If the change does takes place it will not be long before
there will be a counter change, again a un ending cycle of
instability, all for personal gains.

These are only the recent examples. The Bihar Fodder scam, Taj
Corridor scam, Bofor Gun purchase scam, Note for Vote scam and so many
other scams, they all had got highlighted in media earlier. However no
politician or bureaucrat has ever been punished. In other words in
India the political party in power can do no wrong. One can loot as
much as one can, well knowing that law will never be able to catch the
culprit if he is in politics and wields power. Unfortunately the
politics in India has reached this nadir at a time when India is the
youngest country in the World, needing a strong leadership to guide
this predominantly youth polity, lest they go hay why. Today we in
India have 74 million people who are below the age of 35.This youth
has its dreams, aspirations, desire and energy to better their lot as
also of their country. To keep them focused we need jobs in the
country which must be urgently created .For this we need large scale
investments in infrastructure, agriculture and educational fields.

Most of all we need a responsive government which must make people of
India feel that it cares. We need dedicated and committed politicians
who live up to the basic standards of honest leadership. We need
transparency in Governance and upholding of law and order in the
country. With the Cancer of Corruption at high places eating away the
vitals of this country, currently all this is not possible. Needless
to say the treatment of this disease has to start from the top and at
the earliest. The big fish must be caught and punished for people to
see and develop faith in the Indian Democracy and our system of
Governance. The lip service will not do. This will also ensure that
the pseudo Robin hoods like Naxals and other terror groups who have
taken to arms against Indian Constitution for the cause of the down
trodden and are gaining ground in the country, will lose their support
base. 39 million people of this country live below poverty line and
barely get two square meals a day. This loot and scoot politics, if
not brought to an end will result in these people falling in the arms
of Naxal movement and other terror organizations which will then
become unstoppable.

For last more than a decade the much talked about Lok Pal Bill,
bringing all politicians under its ambiance, is gathering dust. No
Government wants to make it a law. Time has come now that it must be
implemented. All members of Parliament including Prime Minister must
be included in it. If the charges can be brought against ex French
President or ex Israeli Prime Minister, as is currently happening in
their respective countries, what is so special about our democracy,
Prime Minister and other ministers that they can not be charged for
any monitory wrong doing? The Lok Pal in Centre and Lok Ayukt in
States as also the Chief Vigilance Commissioner of India and states
Vigilance Commissioners must be appointed in a transparent manner.
This process must be institutionalized and must be broad based. These
institutions must be totally autonomous like the Election Commission
of India, with various appointments having fixed tenures. CBI must
also be made autonomous and brought under the control of Lok Pal.

Currently the CVC of India has powers only to recommend the start of
criminal proceedings against a bureaucrat. It the Government which
decides whether to proceed or not .This must come to an end. Let CVC
initiate the proceedings. Special courts must be set up to deal with
all these corruption cases and the existing laws must be simplified.
Once the charge sheet has been filed, the property of the accused must
be ceased till the finish of the case. All cases must be decided in
six months to one year duration. Let us not procrastinate on this
issue of corruption. The country is fast sliding into an anarchy mode
and the rampant corruption prevalent in all sections of the society is
the main cause. A country of one billion strong people can not afford
a perception that their leaders are corrupt and politics is a bad word
in India.

Brigadier Arun Bajpai (Retd), Journalist Free Lance, C-128, Tyagi
Vihar, Sharda Nagar, PO-Dilkusha, Lucknow-226002,
Telephone-0522-2446497. 9918383007.,
Posted by Naxal Watch at 9:05 PM


Dec 11, 2009, 7:14:07 PM12/11/09
Tainted money noose tightens

Ekka and Rai

Ranchi, Dec. 11: Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed charges
under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against former ministers
Anosh Ekka and Harinarayan Rai, both of whom are fighting Assembly
elections from jail.

Along with the charges, called “complaints” under the act, the ED also
sought permission of the designated judge, B. Jha Parvir, to name
their family members as co-accused.

In its complaints, the ED alleged that during the time they were
ministers between April 2005 and December 2008, Ekka’s unaccounted
assets were worth Rs 6.67 crore and Rai’s Rs 1.63 crore — accumulated
through siphoning of state funds.

The ED also submitted a list of 110 sale deeds of land and documents
of eight cars bought by Ekka.

“Further investigations are underway. Evidence with the directorate
reveal that many of the plots and other properties in possession of
the two former ministers have been bought by them in the name of their
spouses, family members and other near and far relatives,” the special
public prosecutor, Ranchi, S.R. Das, told The Telegraph.

Das pointed out that the ED had sought permission of the court to name
their family members and relatives as co-accused under the Prevention
of Money Laundering Act and also under the Indian Penal Code.

The ED would now file supplementary complaints against them, many of
whom had ignored its summons.

Both Ekka and Rai have been lodged at the Birsa Munda Central Jail
here since August 17.

While Ekka is contesting from Simdega and Kolebira, which goes to
polls tomorrow, Rai is fighting from Jarmundi, voting for which was
over in the third phase.

The ED has filed FIRs against Ekka, Rai, former chief minister Madhu
Koda and his close associates and other former ministers under the

Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The state Vigilance Bureau has also filed charges against them for
possessing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Sid Harth

Dec 12, 2009, 11:34:35 AM12/12/09
Justice Dinakaran’s impeachment petition by next week?

Posted: Saturday , Dec 12, 2009 at 1708 hrs

New Delhi:

With more than 50 Rajya Sabha members favouring impeachment of
Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, a petition in this
regard is likely to be submitted to the House Chairman Md Hamid Ansari
early next week.

A signature campaign is underway and more than 50 Rajya Sabha members
from BJP, Left parties and Samajwadi Party, among others, are
understood to have signed the petition, sources said. Congress members
have reportedly refrained from signing on the document.

As per rules, a petition containing signatures of at least 50 of the
250 member Rajya Sabha, which is the first step in the impeachment

Under rules, the MPs' petition is sent to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat
for verification of signatures. On being satisfied that appropriate
procedures have been followed, a committee is set up for further
consideration of the petition.

The move to impeach Dinakaran has come in the backdrop of allegations
of land grabbing against him for which his elevation as a judge of the
Supreme Court has been stalled.

Government has already sent back Dinakaran's file to the Supreme Court
Collegium to reconsider its decision to elevate him.

A resolution, to be carried, should have the support of two-thirds
majority of the members present in each House of Parliament. After
this, the President will pass an order.

Comments (1) |

No wonder
By: Sumesh | 12-Dec-2009

No wonder, the BJP and CPM, which are upper caste dominated parties,
are joining hands against Justice Dinakaran. The people opposing
Justice Dinakaran, like 'eminent jurist' Fali S Nariman and the 'top'
lawyers, are the same people who unsuccessfully fought against caste
reservation in Supreme Court. In fact, Nariman, who signed memorandum
againt Dinakaran, himself had admitted that he doesn%u2019t know
Dinakaran or his deeds personally and he only heard about him from
other %u201Ctop%u2019 lawyers!! They just want to create a smoke
screen now and prevent another black skinned dalit from becoming
Supreme court Justice, so that they can continue with thier uppercaste
anti-reservation agenda in Supreme court.


Dec 13, 2009, 8:15:31 AM12/13/09
Cong yet to decide on motion against Dinakaran: Singhvi
Updated on Sunday, December 13, 2009, 18:25 IST

New Delhi: Congress on Sunday appeared to steer clear of the move by
opposition members in the Rajya Sabha to bring an impeachment motion
against Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran.

"Congress has not taken a decision on the issue either way and
therefore does not feel the need to comment on it", party spokesman
and member of the Upper House Abhishek Singhvi said when asked to
comment on the party's stand on the motion.

More than 50 Rajya Sabha members have reportedly favoured impeachment
of Dinakaran and a petition in this regard is likely to be submitted
to the House Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari early next week.

A signature campaign is underway and more than 50 Rajya Sabha members

from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Left parties and Samajwadi Party,
among others, are understood to have signed the petition.

In the early nineties, the first ever impeachment motion in India was
brought up against V Ramaswamy, an apex court judge, after he was
found guilty of misconduct by a committee of three judges.

Congress, which was also the ruling party then, had simply abstained
from voting at that time, leading to the defeat of the motion.

As per rules, a petition containing signatures of at least 50 of the

250 member of the Rajya Sabha is required, which is the first step in
the impeachment process.

Under rules, the MPs' petition is sent to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat
for verification of signatures. On being satisfied that appropriate
procedures have been followed, a committee is set up for further
consideration of the petition.

The move to impeach Dinakaran has come in the backdrop of allegations

of land grabbing against him, for which his elevation as a judge of

the Supreme Court has been stalled.



Dec 14, 2009, 8:02:29 AM12/14/09
75 Rajya Sabha members sign for Dinakaran’s impeachment (Lead)
December 14th, 2009 - 7:12 pm ICT by IANS -

New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Seventy-five Rajya Sabha members, led by the
opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Monday submitted a petition
to upper house Chairman Hamid Ansari for impeaching Justice P.D.
Dinakaran. The Karnataka High Court chief justice faces allegations of
land grabbing and amassing wealth beyond his known sources of income.
“Notice of the motion signed by 75 members of the Rajya Sabha under
Judges (Enquiry) Act, 1968, for removal of Justice P.D. Dinakaran was
presented to the chairman of Rajya Sabha today (Monday),” an official
statement said.

BJP leader S.S. Ahluwalia said the notice seeking Dinakaran’s
impeachment has the signatures of 75 MPs, including from the BJP,
Janata Dal-United, Shiromani Akali Dal, Asom Gana Parishad, Biju
Janata Dal, the Left parties, Samajwadi Party, DMK and Telugu Desam

As per constitutional procedure, the chairman is now required to
constitute a committee of three people - a sitting Supreme Court
judge, a high court chief justice and a jurist - to inquire into the
charges and submit the report to the house.

If they find the judge guilty and recommend his removal, the matter is
sent for voting to parliament where the motion has to be approved by a
two-thirds majority of each house (present and voting) and an absolute
majority of the total membership of each house.

Ahluwalia said the constitution “is silent” about the time frame to
set the process in motion and constitute the committee.

“Let’s see what action he (the chairman) takes,” he told reporters in
Parliament House.

The BJP leaders said there was enough evidence which could form the
basis for Dinakaran’s impeachment.

“Dinakaran has acquired huge illegal wealth through benami (nameless)
transactions, unlawfully secured huge plots of land, has misused
official position. His conduct has shaken the faith of people in the
judiciary,” Ahluwalia alleged.

The ruling Congress party members do not figure among the signatories
on the notice.

Congress spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Abhishek Manu Singhvi
said his party was yet to take decision on the matter.

“The Congress has not taken a decision on the issue. So it is not
proper to comment on it,” Singhvi told IANS.

Dinakaran faces allegations of acquiring disproportionate wealth after
he allegedly played a key role in helping the Karnataka’s Reddy
brothers bag an “illegal” mining project. His elevation to the Supreme
Court has been held back after the central government returned the
file recommending his promotion. The Supreme Court collegium is yet to
take a decision on it.


Dec 14, 2009, 5:05:09 PM12/14/09
Dinakaran impeachment plea moved
Special Correspondent

76 Rajya Sabha members petition the Chairman seeking removal of
Karnataka Chief Justice

Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Leaders of various parties (from left) D. Raja of CPI, Sitaram Yechury
of CPI (M), Arun Jaitley of BJP, Shivanand Tiwari of JD(U) and
Samajwadi Party’s Amar Singh addressing media persons on impeachment
of Justice P. D. Dinakaran, in New Delhi on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Seventy-six Rajya Sabha members on Monday formally
petitioned Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari, seeking the removal of
Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran on several grounds
that include corruption and land-grabbing charges.

Cutting across party lines, members of the Left, BJP, SP, JD(U), TDP,
AIADMK and the BSP submitted the notice on the impeachment motion. A
Rajya Sabha Secretariat release said the matter “is being examined as
per the provisions of the Act and the rules framed thereunder.”

The motion was presented to Mr. Ansari in his chamber by Sitaram
Yechury and Brinda Karat of the CPI(M), D. Raja of the CPI, Arun
Jaitley and S.S. Ahluwalia of the BJP, Ram Gopal Yadav and Amar Singh
of the SP, K. Malaichamy of the AIADMK and Shivanand Tiwari of the JD

Mr. Ahluwalia said the notice mentioned the charges against Mr.
Dinakaran: alleged accumulation of wealth beyond known sources of
income; possession of plots in favour of relatives; ‘benami’
transactions; acquisition of agricultural holding beyond the ceiling
imposed by the Tamil Nadu government; illegal occupation of government
property, depriving Dalits of land; violation of their human rights;
destruction of evidence; obstructing officials from discharging their
duties; undervaluation of property; illegal construction in violation
of town laws; and abuse of judicial office. He said the notice was
supported by documentary evidence.

CPI(M) Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury said the MPs not
only exercised their right but also discharged their duty to ensure
that the allegations were probed. “Nobody else has such

Mr. Yechury pointed out that a prima facie case was made out after the
recommendation of the Supreme Court’s collegium to elevate Justice
Dinakaran to the Supreme Court was returned by the Centre.

Under the process, he said, a three-member committee, comprising a
sitting Supreme Court judge, the Chief Justice of a High Court and an
eminent jurist, would go into the allegations detailed in the notice.
Mr. Raja said that since Justice Dinakaran could not be appointed a
Supreme Court judge, he could not be a judge in any High Court too.


Dec 17, 2009, 1:02:47 AM12/17/09
Koda scam: Government admits to deficiencies in bank reporting

(Source: IANS)
Published: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 at 14:12 IST

New Delhi: The multi-crore money laundering scam involving former
Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda figured in parliament Tuesday with
the government admitting to deficiencies in a state-owned bank that
reported huge deposits by two companies involved in the scam.

"The RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has found defects of a technical
nature," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said during question hour
in the Rajya Sabha.

Asked about the status of investigations into the deposits made by the
two companies - Balaji Universal Trade and Balaji Bullion - in the
Union Bank of India, Mukherjee said: "It is not possible to disclose
the entire scope of investigations in the house. This is still on."

"In the interest of the investigations and to take them to their
logical conclusion, I can't disclose anything. This will be done in
the courts," the minister added.

During the two-year period that Koda was Jharkhand's chief minister,
several of his close associates like Binod Sinha, Arvind Vyas, Sanjay
Chaudhary, became board members of Balaji Universal Trade and Balaji
Bullion - allegedly front companies to park illegal funds - by
acquiring a major stake in them. Investigators suspect that fake
invoices could have been made to route the multi-crore hawala money.

Asked to comment on the Union Bank of India stating that it had not
done any wrong and that the entire episode was only a "media storm",
Mukherjee retorted: "Unless the entire investigation is over, it is
not possible to give a complete answer."

Asked about the corrective measures that have been taken after the
Balaji issue came to light, the minister said: "This is a constant


Dec 17, 2009, 1:21:36 AM12/17/09
Situation of fake currency alarming, says FM

Published by: Yateesh Kukreti
Published: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 at 13:07 IST

New Delhi: Government today admitted that the problem of fake currency
was "alarming and dangerous" as some groups are trying to destabilise
the Indian economy by injecting massive doses of counterfeit notes in
the country.

"There are two kinds of groups, one is of individuals working for
profits, but much more dangerous is the effort of injecting massive
doses of fake notes in the country, trying to destabilise the
economy," Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in Rajya Sabha.

In his written statement, Mukherjee also admitted that the security
breaches of the notes were last updated in 2005 while a committee has
been set up in this regard.

"The situation is alarming," he said answering supplementaries during
Question Hour.

But, it would take another two years before upgraded security features
are included in the currency notes, the minister said.

He said it would be difficult to quantify counterfeit currency in
circulation. "It is anybody's guess," he said, adding that as per 2005
figures there are 48.9 billion pieces (of genuine currency) in
circulation and of these 0.001 per cent could be fake. There is no
authentic information about fake currency.

Mukherjee said he was not an "alarmist" as Finance Minister. "I cannot
afford to be one," he said, adding that more cases are being detected,
showing high alertness of government agencies.

Answering supplementaries, Mukherjee said there was no need to press a
panic button as steps are being taken to stop the racket.

Policies are also being revised to check the menace, he said.

"In a country of more than 120 billion, around 12 per cent of the
population still practise barter system. Arrests are being made and
legal process is on, it is a continuing process," he said.


Dec 22, 2009, 9:10:21 AM12/22/09
Dinakaran: BJP says judicial misconduct is caste-neutral

Posted: Dec 22, 2009 at 1825 hrs IST

New Delhi BJP today refuted BSP’s accusation that the impeachment
demand against Karnataka Chief Justice P D Dinakaran was victimisation
of a Dalit, saying judicial misconduct was a “caste-neutral issue”.

“Judicial misconduct is a caste-neutral issue. It always relates to
persons and not their background,” Leader of Opposition in Rajya
Sabha, Arun Jaitley said.

He gave the examples of previous impeachment cases involving Justice
Ramaswamy of the Supreme Court and Justice Soumitra Sen of Calcutta
High Court, saying they were from different castes.

75 Rajya Sabha MPs have signed on a petition submitted to Vice-
President Hamid Ansari demanding an impeachment motion against
Dinakaran. MPs from BJP, Left Parties, Samajwadi Party and AIADMK had
signed on the petition. Congress and BSP did not give their assent.

BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati wrote a letter
to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the demand for impeachment
and argued that Dinakaran, a Dalit, was being victimised due to his

Signatures of 50 Rajya Sabha MPs or 100 Lok Sabha MPs are required to
bring about such a motion.

Dismissing the caste argument, Jaitley said, “I don’t think caste can
be pleaded as a defence or a diversion..


Dec 23, 2009, 6:13:26 PM12/23/09
Court asks police to arrest Baba by Feb 9
TNN 24 December 2009, 02:22am IST

CHANDIGARH: While hearing the case against controversial Baba Pritpal
Singh, head of Gursagar Sahib Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, who is
facing cheating and fraud charges, Punjab and Haryana High Court on
Wednesday set a deadline of February 9 for Chandigarh police to arrest

During the hearing before Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, UT counsel informed
the court that they have changed the investigating officer (IO) in the
case and handed it over to the crime branch for speedy investigation.
While giving the account of the investigation in the case, UT standing
counsel also informed the court that police have raided several places
and got some clues about the involvement of some other persons in the
matter along with the Baba. Importantly, the high court had pulled up
the UT police on the last date of hearing and had also observed that
police had no reason to wear uniform if they cannot arrest a person on

Importantly, Chandigarh police had received directions from the high
court in August this year to arrest Baba Pritpal Singh within a week,
but police failed to nab him. Singh was booked in a land-grab case
under sections 420, 467, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal code after he
allegedly sold a piece of land belonging to an NRI woman, Kanwaljit
Kaur, by making a fake GPA (general power of attorney).

Kaur was a follower of Singh. As soon as she left for abroad, Singh
allegedly got a fake GPA made and sold the piece of land worth crores.
When the buyers went to get the sale deed registered, it could not be
done following which they complained to the police and a case was


Dec 23, 2009, 6:17:54 PM12/23/09
Survey of India officials to begin Dinakaran land probe on Dec 30
M Gunasekaran, TNN 24 December 2009, 02:59am IST

CHENNAI: A three-member team from the Survey of India will begin an
inquiry into charges of encroachment of public land by Karnataka High
Court Chief Justice PD Dinakaran on December 30, highly placed sources

Survey of India (SoI) officials -- Major General R Sivakumar, M
Dharmaraj and Sanjaykumar -- will conduct the probe into issues
relating to the judge's land holdings in Kaverirajapuram village in
Tiruvallur district. The team would begin with some preliminary work
at the SoI's office in Guindy in the city on December 30. Tiruvallur
collector V Palanikumar, who had sent a report to the Supreme Court
confirming the charges that the judge was in possession of government
land, and a host of officials are likely to be heard by the team.

After discussions with the collector and revenue officials, the team
would hear Justice Dinakaran's version, the sources said. The
surveyors are likely to begin the spot inspection of the controversial
extent of land the next day.

The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India K G
Balakrishnan had last week put an end to the uncertainty over the
prospect of

J Justice Dinakaran's elevation to the apex court by deciding to nix
the recommendation it made in September. The CJI has subsequently
clarified that the judge's elevation is only on hold and that it has
not been dropped.

Last week, the Rajya Sabha chairman has admitted a petition seeking to
impeach Justice Dinakaran. However, the judge has denied the
allegation and has said that the collector's findings are wrong.

The CJI had earlier asked the Centre for an investigation by an
independent agency to verify the facts contained in two reports sent
by Palanikumar. In his report, the collector had said a total of 199
acres of government land had been encroached upon by Dinakaran and his
family members.

The science and technology ministry, under which the Survey of India
functions, has requested the state revenue department to ensure that
the district administration provides assistance and protection at the
time of the team's inspection. During the inspection, Justice
Dinakaran's representatives will be allowed to be present there. SoI
officials were tightlipped about their plans. They are expected to
submit a report after completing their work to the ministry for being
forwarded to the CJI for further action.


Dec 25, 2009, 9:44:33 AM12/25/09
298 convicted in fodder scam cases so far: CBI
Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, December 25, 2009

First Published: 18:53 IST(25/12/2009)
Last Updated: 18:59 IST(25/12/2009)

In one of biggest scams of the country -- the Rs 622 crore fodder scam
-- the CBI has successfully managed to get conviction in 36 of the 60
cases filed by it in the last 13 years of probe.

In the latest judgement by Special CBI court in Ranchi, out of a total
of 59 accused 48 have been convicted with sentence ranging from
maximum six years to three years and accompanying penalty ranging from
Rs 35 lakhs to Rs 20,000.

The agency has taken up investigation of 64 fodder scam cases on the
orders of the Supreme Court and the Patna High Court in March 1996.

"Till now, judgements have been delivered in 36 out of the 60 charge
sheeted cases, out of which 35 cases have ended in conviction of the
accused persons. In the 36 cases decided so far, two hundred and
ninety eight (298) individual accused persons have been convicted and
sentenced," CBI spokesperson said here.

The official said in all these cases it had been alleged that accused
officials of the Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) of the Government
of Bihar in criminal conspiracy with unscrupulous suppliers,
bureaucrats, politicians and political executives withdrew and
misappropriated amounts totalling to Rs 721.89 crore from state
exchequer of the then Bihar state, now Jharkhand.


Dec 25, 2009, 9:56:13 AM12/25/09
Caste in corruption
Nagendar Sharma, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, December 24, 2009

First Published: 22:54 IST(24/12/2009)
Last Updated: 22:56 IST(24/12/2009)

“Only because he (Justice Dinakaran) is a Dalit (is he) being
victimised,” the MPs Forum for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

The forum said: “Justice Dinakaran is not the only judge in the
country against whom allegations of corruption have been levelled.
Many cases of corruption against judges have come up during the last
two years; why is he alone being targeted?”

In the game of one upmanship between some Dalit MPs of the Congress
and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to highlight the “alleged
victimisation” of the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court, P.D.
Dinakaran, the issue of corruption appears to have taken the backseat.

Top jurists have termed the new twist to the three-month-old matter
“dangerous and divisive”.

As the judiciary is considered the last bastion of Indian democracy,
the issue now is whether the principles of natural justice can prevail
over narrow considerations of caste, religion or language.

A day after 75 opposition MPs submitted a notice to the Rajya Sabha
chairman seeking impeachment of Justice Dinakaran on grounds of
corruption on December 14, Congress MP Praveen Rashtrapal, a Dalit,
raised the issue of so-called victimisation in the House.

The MPs Forum for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes agreed with
Rashtrapal’s initiative, and decided to raise the issue with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh.

Sensing that the Congress had seized the initiative, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati wrote to
Manmohan Singh on Saturday, demanding that Justice Dinakaran should be
given a chance to defend himself before any action is taken against

The Congress has charged Mayawati with “jumping the gun” and
politicising a sensitive issue.

Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said: “Justice Dinakaran will get a
chance to defend himself during the impeachment
proceedings. I don’t think the Congress sees it as a caste- or
community-based issue. It will not be right to inject political
comments into it.”

However, the opposition parties say that the Congress has no right to
accuse the BSP of politicising the issue when its own MPs did it

“The issue here is not politics and caste. It is a very serious issue
concerning the credibility of the judiciary. The fact is that the
Congress has so far not signed the impeachment motion and it cannot
accuse anyone of politicising the matter,” said senior Communist Party
of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury.

Noted jurist and former Supreme Court judge V.R. Krishna Iyer has
slammed the move to give a “Dalit twist” to the issue.
“In the Indian judiciary, a judge is known by his work and integrity.
There is another set of judges who are known for their incompetence
and corruption. There are no caste considerations in this brilliant

Justice Iyer said: “Those who are trying to bring in caste
considerations in a case of wrongdoing are certainly not the
well wishers of judiciary.”

One of the most outspoken jurists and former Chief Justice of India,
J.S. Verma, said once the impeachment proceedings started all debate
must stop till the procedure is over.

“Absurd talk must stop in a case of this serious nature. Judicial
proceedings and those connected to them have no caste,” Justice Verma

The government has adopted a cautious approach to the issue so far.
Law Minister M. Veerappa Moily, who earlier this month rejected the
recommendation made by the Supreme Court collegium to promote Justice
Dinakaran to the Supreme Court, is guarded in his reaction.

“The impeachment proceedings have started. This is a constitutional
process and it is not appropriate to comment on the issue now.”

The opposition is not impressed by Moily’s restraint. “Is it not a
fact that the government allowed the situation to spiral out of
control by dilly dallying on the issue for more than three months?”
said Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajya Sabha Deputy Leader S.S.

Former Supreme Court judge P.B. Sawant, who headed the judges’
committee to probe allegations against Justice V. Ramaswami, the only
committee to have submitted its report in an impeachment motion,
called for restraint.

Ramaswami was a Supreme Court judge who faced impeachment in 1993.
However, the motion could not be carried in Parliament through because
the Congress did not back it.

“Allegations are of corruption and nothing else. Dragging caste into
it will only complicate matters and help nobody, including the
individual being sought to be bailed out,” Justice Sawant said.

Raju charlesDec 24
Justice Dinakaran is victim of caste holocaust in India! Prime
minister Man Mohan singh please do justice to Justice Dinakaran .
Cheers to Dalits forum
Raju Charles


Dec 25, 2009, 10:12:33 AM12/25/09
Counterfeit currency racket: key accused held

Chennai, Dec 25 (PTI) In a breakthrough in the investigations into the
circulation of fake Indian currency notes in the country, a 48-year-
old man from Jharkhand has been arrested, police here said.

A team of the Tamil Nadu Crime Branch-CID arrested Manarul Sheikh from
Jharkhand after investigations in that state for over a month.

He is the fourth person from Jharkhand to be held in connection with
the racket.

Earlier in September, Alakash Sheik, Mohammed Raju Sheik, Mohammed
Zahir Sheik (all from Jharkhand), Latha and Rukshna (from West Bengal)
were arrested, a CB-CID release said today.

Ninety-one fake notes in the denomination of Rs 1,000 were seized from
them, it said.

Manarul Sheikh, who has been remanded to judicial custody, is
suspected to be involved in the circulation of fake Indian currencies
at many places in the country.

Sid Harth

Dec 25, 2009, 1:47:37 PM12/25/09
Antony calls Army chief over Darjeeling land scam case
Manu Pubby

Posted: Friday , Dec 25, 2009 at 0339 hrs

New Delhi:

Antony wanted an update on the land scam case which was first reported
by The Indian Express.

With the Army probe into the Darjeeling land scam case recommending
the sacking of the Military Secretary and action against three other
Generals, Defence Minster A K Antony today called Army chief General
Deepak Kapoor for an unscheduled meeting.

The Minister wanted an update on the land scam case which was first
reported by The Indian Express.

A Court of Inquiry recommended “termination of service” of Lt Gen
Avadhesh Prakash, Military Secretary at Army HQ and one of the
seniormost Generals, and court martial proceedings against Lt Gen P K
Rath whose appointment as Deputy Chief of Army Staff was later
scrapped by the Ministry.

The inquiry also favoured disciplinary action and court martial
against Major General P Sen and administrative action against Lt Gen
Ramesh Halgali, currently commanding the 11 Corps.

Antony had earlier ordered a separate inquiry into the land scam case
and had asked the Defence Secretary for a detailed report on the

Today’s meeting was called to discuss the report and recommendations
sent by the Eastern Army Commander, Lt Gen V K Singh. The Army Chief
has the option of accepting, diluting or overruling the
recommendations. Sources said action would also depend on how
seriously the political leadership takes the matter.

The inquiry found links between Prakash and a Siliguri real estate
developer, Dilip Agarwal, who brokered a controversial land deal in

Through phone records, the inquiry established, that Agarwal, who
secured no-objection certificates from the Army to purchase nearly 70
acres near the 33 Corps HQ in Sukna was in constant touch with Prakash
while the deal was being sealed.

Comments |
It is our Our Failure
By: Brig Rumel Dahiya | Friday , 25 Dec '09 18:07:08 PM

leadership comes in. Whereas some are punished others escape scrutiny.
Such people bring shame to the entire Army. I will not hide behind the
excuse that in comparison to civilian officials Army is any day more
honest. Most of the soldiers believe in the dictum that Caesar's wife
must be above suspicion. Corruption in the services needs to be
tackled and now. We owe it to our nation.

Citizens Justified in Being Angry, Army Needs to be Seriously
By: brig Rumel Dahiya | Friday , 25 Dec '09 18:01:57 PM

The 'Land Scam Case',true or not, has justifiably caused anger and
concern amongst our citizens who hold soldiers in high esteem and
regard us for our sacrifices, discipline, patriotism and nation-before-
self approach. That is the reason why wrong doing in the Army makes
'news'. I have been a soldier for couple of decades and have been
proud to be so. I have known many absolutely honest, courageous
leaders of men in our Army. But it is true that there have been
people, many of them at senior levels who have not enjoyed good
reputation and the fact is known to most people. That is where failure
of leadership comes in. Whereas some are punished others escape
scrutiny. Such people bring shame to the entire Army. I will not hide
behind the excuse that in comparison to civilian officials Army is any
day more honest. Most of the soldiers believe in the dictum that
Caesar's wife musty be above suspicion. Corruption in the services
needs to be tackled and now. We owe it to our nation.

What's about the Army Chief
By: Pete | Friday , 25 Dec '09 14:59:52 PM

It has gone beyond the minimum acceptable standard - they all should
be sacked. Andy why not the Chief - he is in the same HQ. Has he not
got any moral responsibility? And who knows he be as well involved.
This is NO SMALL thing.

corruption in Army
By: raj | Friday , 25 Dec '09 14:39:20 PM

Mr. Antony, I think you are the person who can control the corruption
to some extend in Defence. I request to Hon. Minister to be checked
the Army Ordinance core. Whatever they purchase from the agent for
store to feed the rutine Army requirement. They make a big money
getting percentage from agent.Ordinance Depot receives one half store
and very low quality items due to given percentage to the Officer. I
have noticed and experienced 'cause I had worked there at Ordinance
Depot. If you may please be investigated to this matter,the big amount
of money can be saved of the Nation.

TO get his share of Scam Money
By: Chirag K. Shah | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:51:26 PM

Ha ha...This is what he can do...Prepare a 3 panel commission and let
the slow Judicial process take it's course...This is what even my
driver would have done. Where is the leadership?

By: Peter Zutshi | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:31:41 PM

The shameless Generals of Indian Army, most of whom have been
commissioned after the 1971 war and hence never saw action, are
humiliating our soldiers who continue to make the supreme sacrifice
for the nation. This rot is more amongst the senior officers who are
always on the look out for what they can get 'gratis' from the Army.
All they seem to want is to become Governor (a la Gen JJ Singh)or join
some MNC after retirement - bhaad me jaye Army...

corruption is at every root stage
By: jackie | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:25:03 PM

I would like to highlight one of my own personal experiences with the
defence people.i appeared for a coastal guard exam at chennai.all the
candidates was to be given trainfare by the central govt from their
respective places. At the coast guard examination centre,during the
course of exam we were asked to produce our train tickets and then
sign the forms that we recieved te money. but were told to collect the
money immediately after the exam. but after the exam, we were told we
will get the money back only after 3days and collect it then..Imagine
all had booked our return tickets on the same day..who will wait till
then??? this is deliberately done by them..but by whom we dont know...
this is how these guys make money...

By: P.C.LUTHRA | Friday , 25 Dec '09 11:21:27 AM


Et tu Brute?
By: malay kumar | Friday , 25 Dec '09 9:32:02 AM

It is amazing to see that in the Army too, greed is directly
proportion to the rank of the Officer and his personal expenditure
inversely proportional. A junior officer may not hesitate to pay for
what he enjoys, but the higher they go more painful is it to see them
part with even pittance.The dichotmy is glaring when the juniors are
repeatedly told in person as well as in public(like conferences and
public addresses)to refrain from corrupt practices and warned of
severe consequences if found guilty.It is good that at least some
cases are now being brought to light.

Damn these Gentemen Officers
By: Jaysheel Raina | Friday , 25 Dec '09 7:22:52 AM

Gone are the days, when person donning olive green dress were regarded
with great esteem. General Staff these days are not all intrested in
commanding their troops but finding ways to make money. These things
resembles the present status of Indian Army High Command. Incompitent
officers have made their way up and what I fear repeat of 62 where
General Officer handed over significamt chunk of land over to Chimese
without fighting and here we have Group of General Officers who did
not follow norms and handed over senstive land of some damn property
developer of fews coins... damn these gentlemen officers

It is our Our Failure
By: Brig Rumel Dahiya | Friday , 25 Dec '09 18:07:08 PM

leadership comes in. Whereas some are punished others escape scrutiny.
Such people bring shame to the entire Army. I will not hide behind the
excuse that in comparison to civilian officials Army is any day more
honest. Most of the soldiers believe in the dictum that Caesar's wife
must be above suspicion. Corruption in the services needs to be
tackled and now. We owe it to our nation.

Citizens Justified in Being Angry, Army Needs to be Seriously
By: brig Rumel Dahiya | Friday , 25 Dec '09 18:01:57

The 'Land Scam Case',true or not, has justifiably caused anger and
concern amongst our citizens who hold soldiers in high esteem and
regard us for our sacrifices, discipline, patriotism and nation-before-
self approach. That is the reason why wrong doing in the Army makes
'news'. I have been a soldier for couple of decades and have been
proud to be so. I have known many absolutely honest, courageous
leaders of men in our Army. But it is true that there have been
people, many of them at senior levels who have not enjoyed good
reputation and the fact is known to most people. That is where failure
of leadership comes in. Whereas some are punished others escape
scrutiny. Such people bring shame to the entire Army. I will not hide
behind the excuse that in comparison to civilian officials Army is any
day more honest. Most of the soldiers believe in the dictum that
Caesar's wife musty be above suspicion. Corruption in the services
needs to be tackled and now. We owe it to our nation.

What's about the Army Chief
By: Pete | Friday , 25 Dec '09 14:59:52 PM

It has gone beyond the minimum acceptable standard - they all should
be sacked. Andy why not the Chief - he is in the same HQ. Has he not
got any moral responsibility? And who knows he be as well involved.
This is NO SMALL thing.

corruption in Army
By: raj | Friday , 25 Dec '09 14:39:20 PM

Mr. Antony, I think you are the person who can control the corruption
to some extend in Defence. I request to Hon. Minister to be checked
the Army Ordinance core. Whatever they purchase from the agent for
store to feed the rutine Army requirement. They make a big money
getting percentage from agent.Ordinance Depot receives one half store
and very low quality items due to given percentage to the Officer. I
have noticed and experienced 'cause I had worked there at Ordinance
Depot. If you may please be investigated to this matter,the big amount
of money can be saved of the Nation.

TO get his share of Scam Money
By: Chirag K. Shah | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:51:26 PM

Ha ha...This is what he can do...Prepare a 3 panel commission and let
the slow Judicial process take it's course...This is what even my
driver would have done. Where is the leadership?

By: Peter Zutshi | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:31:41 PM

The shameless Generals of Indian Army, most of whom have been
commissioned after the 1971 war and hence never saw action, are
humiliating our soldiers who continue to make the supreme sacrifice
for the nation. This rot is more amongst the senior officers who are
always on the look out for what they can get 'gratis' from the Army.
All they seem to want is to become Governor (a la Gen JJ Singh)or join
some MNC after retirement - bhaad me jaye Army...

corruption is at every root stage
By: jackie | Friday , 25 Dec '09 13:25:03 PM

I would like to highlight one of my own personal experiences with the
defence people.i appeared for a coastal guard exam at chennai.all the
candidates was to be given trainfare by the central govt from their
respective places. At the coast guard examination centre,during the
course of exam we were asked to produce our train tickets and then
sign the forms that we recieved te money. but were told to collect the
money immediately after the exam. but after the exam, we were told we
will get the money back only after 3days and collect it then..Imagine
all had booked our return tickets on the same day..who will wait till
then??? this is deliberately done by them..but by whom we dont know...
this is how these guys make money...

By: P.C.LUTHRA | Friday , 25 Dec '09 11:21:27 AM

Et tu Brute?
By: malay kumar | Friday , 25 Dec '09 9:32:02 AM Reply | Forward
It is amazing to see that in the Army too, greed is directly
proportion to the rank of the Officer and his personal expenditure
inversely proportional. A junior officer may not hesitate to pay for
what he enjoys, but the higher they go more painful is it to see them
part with even pittance.The dichotmy is glaring when the juniors are
repeatedly told in person as well as in public(like conferences and
public addresses)to refrain from corrupt practices and warned of
severe consequences if found guilty.It is good that at least some
cases are now being brought to light.

Damn these Gentemen Officers
By: Jaysheel Raina | Friday , 25 Dec '09 7:22:52 AM

Gone are the days, when person donning olive green dress were regarded
with great esteem. General Staff these days are not all intrested in
commanding their troops but finding ways to make money. These things
resembles the present status of Indian Army High Command. Incompitent
officers have made their way up and what I fear repeat of 62 where
General Officer handed over significamt chunk of land over to Chimese
without fighting and here we have Group of General Officers who did
not follow norms and handed over senstive land of some damn property
developer of fews coins... damn these gentlemen officers

Sid Harth

Dec 25, 2009, 2:28:36 PM12/25/09
New Delhi, December 25, 2009
SC/ST confederation questions impeachment move against Dinakaran
J. Venkatesan

The All India Confederation of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe
Organisations has questioned the motive behind the impeachment move
initiated by 75 members of Parliament against Karnataka High Court
Chief Justice P.D. Dinakaran.

Addressing a press conference, confederation chairman Dr. Udit Raj,
who is also the national president of the Indian Justice Party, said
Justice Dinakaran, a Dalit Christian, was being victimised.

He said: “It is precisely for this reason that 75 MPs have shown such
haste in initiating impeachment proceedings against Justice Dinakaran.
Why has such concern not been shown against other tainted judges? In
this issue, BJP MPs are playing a major role and this shows their

Dr. Raj said the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court had made a
recommendation for the impeachment of judge Soumitra Sen which was
duly accepted by the Chief Justice of India. Despite this, no
impeachment proceedings had been initiated against him. A sum of Rs.
15 lakh was found in cash at the residence of a judge in Chandigarh.
Here also, no impeachment action was initiated against the judge

In the Ghaziabad provident fund scam, the names of several judges from
Ghaziabad appeared in the charge sheet, yet no impeachment proceedings
had been started against any of them.

He said that all sorts of allegations were being levelled against
Justice Dinakaran when he was a High Court judge in Tamil Nadu. “Why
did the judges and lawyers not level these charges when he was
promoted and appointed as the Chief Justice of the Karnataka High
Court,” he asked. “If Justice Dinakaran is really corrupt, then the
impeachment proceedings must start against him even though he has
given his clarification on the allegations. As far as the charge of
land grabbing is concerned, it is a very old case and it is not
necessary that if his relatives are involved in land grabbing, he is
also involved in the same.”

Mounting cases

Dr. Raj alleged that most of the appointments of judges “are made on
[on the basis of] casteism, favouritism and nepotism.”

He added: “There is no connection of capability or experience with
these appointments. Nowhere in the world are judges appointed by
judges. It is for this reason that in our country that the number of
judicial cases is mounting every day and the poor are being deprived
of justice. It is, therefore, imperative that there should be sweeping
changes in the appointment process of judges so that the judicial
system can be improved.”


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