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China and India have traditionally been corrupt countries for decades. With new leaders in power, both countries set out to eradicate corruption, with only a limited success. Still corruption is rampant in both countries. In the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, India ranked 78 in 2018 with a score of 41/100. In the previous year it was ranked 81. It climbed up 3 notches in the past year in the right direction. India’s score in 2015 was 38. It has climbed up 3 notches in the past four years in the right direction. Transparency International singled India out, along with the Maldives and the Philippines, as one of the region’s worst offenders in corruption.
According the minutes of the RBI meeting held to approve Modi’s demonetisation, then RBI Governor Urjit Patel and the Board of RBI did not agree with the government’s reasoning for demonetisation and also did not believe that it would achieve the stated objectives. But they still commended the move of the government.
All the black money that went out of India was invested abroad or made its round-trip back to India laundered clean and was invested in tangible assets in India. Why would a businessman keep any money overseas earning one-half per cent interest per annum while he could earn 5 to 8 per cent interest within India? That is why they were quick to bring back the laundered money.
These made demonetisation a futile attempt in flushing out black money.
Last year Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) accused one of India’s most prominent and celebrated billionaires, Nirav Modi (not related to PM Modi) of masterminding a $1.8 billion fraud against one of the country’s biggest state-run banks. A few days before the misconduct was uncovered, Modi left the country with his entire family. The authorities have confiscated the assets owned by Nirav Modi in India and are demolishing a plush sea-facing bungalow.
Anna Hazare started an anti-corruption which resulted in the fall of then corrupt Congress government and paved the way for Modi to gain power. Anna Hazare wanted a Lokpal Bill and the institution of an ombudsman with the power to deal with corruption in public places.
Modi was personally involved in the negotiation of the Rafale fighter jet deal. This deal made it possible for Anil Ambani’s newly minted defence company to get a huge defence contract at the cost of PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) though it has zero experience in the defence sector! Former French President Francois Hollande told French news organisation Mediapart that it was the Indian Government which proposed that Reliance replace HAL. Hollande’s revelation directly contradicts the Modi Government’s claim that it had no choice in deciding Dassault’s offset partners. Rafale deal has so far failed to enrage the public.
He is now Karnataka’s chief minister. He was accused in land and mining scams. Diaries recovered from him showed hefty amounts being paid to top BJP leaders, judges and advocates. He formed the Karnataka Janata Paksha but in 2014 this party merged with BJP. Yediyurappa was acquitted of most of the charges. The CBI that was investigating him for years couldn’t furnish enough evidence against him after the Modi government came to power.
Before the Karnataka elections in 2018, the CBI closed all its investigations into mining scams worth Rs 16,500 crore against the Bellary Reddy brothers.
Biswa Sarma was once a member of the Congress party and faced corruption charges. The BJP had waged a full campaign, even releasing a booklet, accusing Sarma of being the “key suspect” in the water supply scam in Guwahati. The scam is known as the Louis Berger case because of the involvement of the American construction management company which was charged by the US Department of Justice under the country’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, alleging that the company paid bribes to an unnamed minister. Sarma joined BJP and the Assam government has predictably gone slow on the investigations, and the BJP hasn’t followed up with its own old demand to hand over the case to the CBI.
Mukul Roy (briefly mentioned above) was formerly number two of Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister. He had a fall out with Mamata in 2015 when his name came up in Saradha scam as well as in Narada sting operation. He was suspended from the party for six years. He then resigned from Tinamool Congress in September 2017. Later in November, he joined the BJP.
Sukh Ram (briefly mentioned above), once considered to be a stalwart of Congress party in Himachal Pradesh, has been convicted in a telecom scam in the mid-90s. Sukh Ram was telecom minister and was found indulging in corrupt practices by the CBI. And in fact, when his house was raided later a lot of hard currency was recovered from the bedroom and bathroom. He later joined BJP.
Pema Khandu along with 32 MLAs of Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) joined the BJP leading to the formation of a full-fledged BJP government in December 2016. PPA secretary-general Kaling Jerang accused Khandu with allegations of corruption based on a suicide note left behind by late Kalikho Pul.
He served as cabinet minister in the previous congress government. He joined the BJP as he was facing a probe for alleged involvement in telecom scam.
These BJP politicians have been accused of corruption but no action has been taken against them until now. This shows the partiality of the BJP government in dealing with its own rank and with the members of opposition parties.
As Uttarakhand chief minister, he was at the centre of two big scams: one regarding allocating 15-acre plot of land at below market price and the other concerning 56 hydro-electric projects which were subsequently cancelled.
Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane has been accused of money laundering and land scams. The CBI and the ED have not investigated his misdeeds. Theprint.in reported.
He is BJP’s leading anti-beef crusader. He is a member of the Central Government (MLA). The company, Al-Dua Food Processing Private Ltd, was founded by Mr. Som, along with Moinuddin Qureshi and a third partner, to deal in meat and meat products in 2005. According to Al-Dua’s website, the company is now a “leading producer and exporter of halal meat from India.” It was alleged that meat included beef.
Sanjay Pradhan, BJP MLA from Sardhana Assembly Constituency, alleged that Som took Rs.46 lakhs from him on the promise that he will use his influence to get Pradhan a PWD contract and did not even deliver his promise. In a written complaint to the Meerut Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajesh Kumar Pandey, Pradhan sought action against Som and demanded that he gets his money back.
“I gave Rs.43 lakhs to Thakur Sangeet Som after he assured that he will get me a PWD contract to build a degree college in Dadri area. It was on this promise that I gave Rs.15 lakh to Shekhar, an associate of Mr Som on July 15, last year. Then he asked me to pay Rs.25 lakh to some Robin who owns a hotel. Then I gave Rs.3 lakhs to Som’s brother, Sagar Som,” Pradhan claimed while talking to NewsClick. Dadri has a substantial chunk of Thakur population and Sangeet Som, who has always portrayed himself as an influential Thakur leader, enjoys influence in the local Thakur circle.
Yogi Adityanath is an Indian monk and Hindu nationalist politician. He is currently the BJP Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (home state of PM Modi). A serious allegation was made against Yogi Adityanath’s Principal Secretary, Sashi Prakash Goyal. He was accused of allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs.25 lakhs to set up a petrol pump in Hardoi. The case turned into a source of major embarrassment after the State Governor Ram Naik wrote to the chief minister Adityanath, informing him about a complaint he had received through an email from a businessman Abhishek Gupta, against Goyal. Gupta claimed that Goyal allegedly asked for widening the narrow road which connects his proposed petrol pump to the main road.
Decan Herald reported.