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Oppn can’t brush away corruption charges by pointing fingers at us: BJP



Oppn can't brush away corruption charges by pointing fingers at us: BJP

By Santosh Kumar Pathak

New Delhi, July 9 (SocialNews.XYZ) “Misuse” of investigative agencies has been a perennial issue between the ruling party and the opposition.

Irrespective of the party in power, the opposition always accuses the ruling party of misusing the investigative agencies, and during the last few decades, the politics of accusation has gained momentum.

Opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP, RJD, and Shiv Sena, regularly accuse the Central government of misusing the ED, the CBI, and other Central agencies. These are the same allegations, that the BJP and other NDA partners made prior to 2014 against the then-ruling Congress-led UPA government.

Speaking to IANS, BJP National Spokesperson and Lok Sabha MP from Darjeeling Raju Bisht pointed out that his party does not interfere in the legal process. He said that “chori upar se sina zori” (showing no regret over wrong doing) policy will not work. Those who have stolen the country’s wealth will be held accountable under the law, whoever it is.

Recently, the Congress with all its veteran leaders, Chief Ministers, and party workers took to the streets to protest against the ED’s interrogation of their leader Rahul Gandhi.

It also accused the Delhi Police of misbehaving with protestors during the agitation. Also, a delegation of Congress leaders approached President Ram Nath Kovind to register their complaint against the alleged misuse of investigative agencies by the Centre and the misbehaviour of Delhi Police.

The BJP, however, denied these allegations in its national executive meeting held in Hyderabad this month. It also passed a political resolution, accusing the Congress-led opposition of doing negative politics.

The resolution stated: “The Congress and its allies are resorting to the politics of lies and deception to serve their political interests. If the Congress President and its former President are questioned, then the entire Congress opposes it by taking to the streets.”

“They neither have faith in the Constitution of India, nor have faith in the people of the country, and nor do they have faith in democratic values,” the resolution added.

Countering the Congress’ allegations and the protests, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that “efforts are being made to save the assets worth Rs 2,000 crore acquired by the Gandhi family through corruption”.

Responding to the allegations levelled by the Congress over Rahul Gandhi’s questioning by the ED in National Herald case, BJP national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha MP Sudhanshu Trivedi had said that the case has nothing to do with the government. This has started on November 1, 2012, during the UPA government itself, but no action was taken by any agency of the government; and now the action is being taken only after the High Court’s direction.

However, the Congress is not the only party to have accused the BJP-led NDA government of misusing the Central investigative agencies. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, NCP President Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and many other opposition parties and their leaders have also made similar allegations against the NDA government.

Taking a jibe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s allegations, BJP national spokesperson Raju Bisht termed it the best example of “ulta chor kotwal ko dante” (the pot is calling the kettle black). “West Bengal is the state where police and administrative officers work like TMC cadre. The state government has filed several cases against the BJP MPs, MLAs and leaders by making fabricated allegations, action is being taken out of political vendetta, and Mamta Banerjee is blaming us (the BJP government) on the contrary.”

He further said that the ED has attached properties worth rupees thousands of crore from across the country. BJP does not interfere in the legal process. The Calcutta High Court has entrusted the CBI to investigate about 25 cases, questioning the West Bengal Police.

In fact, the BJP’s stand on these allegations is very clear — the government has nothing to do with these matters. The investigative agencies are taking their respective actions on the basis of merit and the leaders accusing the government should respond in case of corruption and cooperate through the legal process (interrogation, investigation and trial).

Referring to Narendra Modi’s interrogation by the SIT during the UPA government, the BJP leader also said that despite false allegations, Narendra Modi did not create any ruckus. He faced the questions of the SIT and fully cooperated in the investigation process, but now the opposition parties, to hide their corruption, are falsely accusing the BJP of misusing investigating agencies.

Source: IANS

Oppn can't brush away corruption charges by pointing fingers at us: BJP

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Vigilance Bureau nabs police Head Constable red handed accepting bribe Rs 20,000




CHANDIGARH:Aiming to eradicate corruption in the state the Vigilance Bureau Punjab during its ongoing campaign on Saturday arrested Head Constable (HC) Karaj Singh (No 1021/Ferozepur) posted at police station Zira, Ferozepur district taking bribe of Rs 20, 000.

Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the State Vigilance Bureau (VB) said the accused HC Karaj Singh was arrested on the complaint of Karaj Singh from village Dhandian, tehsil Zira.

He further informed that the complainant has approached the VB and alleged that a mining case has been registered against his brother at police station Zira and the investigation incharge HC Karaj Singh was demanding Rs 30, 000 from him not to arrest his brother in this case but the deal has been struck at Rs 20, 000.

After verification of the facts in the complaint and the material evidence, a VB team laid a trap and the HC Karaj Singh was arrested while taking bribe of Rs 20, 000 from the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

In this regard a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused police official at VB police station Ferozepur and further investigation is under progress.

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Karnataka High Court sets aside creation of Anti-Corruption Bureau




In a major setback to govt., court restores power of Lokayukta police to probe graft cases against public servants

In a major setback to govt., court restores power of Lokayukta police to probe graft cases against public servants

In a major setback to the State government, the High Court of Karnataka on Thursday set aside the constitution of a separate Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), under the direct control of the Chief Minister, in 2016 by withdrawing the powers vested with the Karnataka Lokayukta (KL) police wing to probe all cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against public servants.

“The State government is not justified in constituting the ACB by an executive government order, dated March 14, 2016 exercising its executive power under Article 162 of the Constitution of India when the Karnataka Lokayukta Act, 1984 has occupied the field to eradicate corruption in the State…,” the court observed.

ACB abolished

While declaring that the ACB stood abolished with immediate effect, the court restored the power to investigate the corruption cases in Karnataka to the KL police wing as it existed prior to the creation of ACB.

The court also made it clear that all the pending inquiries, investigations, and cases being prosecuted by the ACB got transferred to the KL police wing for further action as per the law.

A Division Bench, comprising Justice B. Veerappa and Justice K.S. Hemalekha, delivered the judgment on three separate PIL petitions filed by Chidananda Urs B.G., the Advocates’ Association, Bengaluru, and Samaja Parivarthana Samudaya, an NGO, and a batch of petitions filed by public servants questioning the powers of the ACB.

‘CM is supreme’

“On careful perusal of the impugned executive order, it also clearly depicts that Chief Minister is supreme and absolutely there is no independent application of mind by the State government as it was issued merely based on the recommendation made by the Director-General and Inspector-General of Police (DG&IGP),” the Bench observed.

Except stating that the government had realised the necessity of a strong and effective vigilance system in addition to Lokayukta, no other reason had been assigned for creating ACB as a parallel to the institution of Lokayukta, the Bench pointed out.

It is not the case of the government that either the KL police wing was ineffective in implementing Prevention of Corruption Act or the Lokayukta or the Upalokayukta had expressed difficulty to take the burden of Prevention of Corruption Act, the Bench said.

Who will act against CM?

While noticing that the Karnataka Lokayukta Act had provisions to probe corruption cases against the Chief Minister, Ministers, and members of the legislature, the Bench pointed out that it was not forthcoming in the executive order as to who was the authority to take action, in case the Chief Minister, a Minister, a member of the State legislature, etc., were involved in corruption and favouritism.

If really the government intended to curb corruption, favouritism and indiscipline in the administrative machinery, the court said, the ACB should have been allowed to work under the control of Lokayukta instead of the Chief Minister as stated in the executive order.

“Therefore, there is more scope in the executive order for the political influence and the Chief Minister in power can misuse ACB to control his opponents within his party or the opposite parties. The conditions of the executive government order clearly depict that there is a possibility to favour the party in power or the partymen,” the Bench observed.

“The executive government order constituting ACB empowers the Chief Minister to veto investigation or the sanction of investigation. This itself defeats the very purpose of the anti-corruption drive and ACB is not at all an independent body,” the Bench observed.

It also pointed out that the government withdrew its 1991 and 2002 statutory notifications of empowering of KL police wing to probe cases under the Prevention of Corruption Act and declaring KL police office as “police station” without consulting the Lokayukta.

The Bench said: “It is most unfortunate that even after lapse of 75 years of Independence, no political party in the country is willing or dare enough to allow independent authority like the Lokayukta to discharge its duties in a transparent manner in the interest of public at large.

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Revenue department clerk booked for corruption




Gurugram: Police have booked a revenue department clerk working in Badshahpur tehsil under sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly accepting money for registering an illegal property deed

Gurugram: Police have booked a revenue department clerk working in Badshahpur tehsil under sections 7 and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly accepting money for registering an illegal property deed. The action was taken after a video went viral in 2021 where the accused official was seen accepting money.

A subsequent enquiry ordered by the deputy commissioner, Gururgam, based on a complaint lodged by a city-based RTI activist, found illegalities committed by the said official, and recommended action based on the finding. Police said a case was registered against the accused official at Badshahpur police station.

Ramesh Yadav, the complainant, said that he received videos showing the accused accepting money in October 2021. “I submitted a complaint to the office of deputy commissioner seeking enquiry and action for these violations. An enquiry was carried out by the sub-divisional magistrate and submitted to the deputy commissioner in January 2022, following which the matter remained pending,” he said.

Yadav said that he made regular visits to the DC office since then and asked officials to take action after which a letter was written by the district administration to file an FIR in this matter. “This letter also did not reach the police and I filed a complaint with Shivaji Nagar police station regarding the missing letter. Finally, the issue was brought to the notice of senior district administration officials and a case was registered against the accused clerk,” he said.

The issue of illegal registries has been a major concern across the state and in the city. The Haryana government ordered an enquiry into this matter in March this year. A number of revenue officials have faced penal action for carrying out illegal registries.

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