India has marginally improved its ranking on the global Corruption Perception Index this year, on the back of prosecutions of high-level officials and hope that the new leadership will reduce corruption, Transparency International said on Wednesday morning. Continue reading
The classic image, as portrayed in Indian films, of corporate corruption is one of a suited businessman handing over a suitcase stuffed with cash to a khadiclad neta.
Indeed, if there is a single physical object in India that often does symbolise corruption, payoffs and black money, it is a closed suitcase. In the appropriate context, it evokes all sorts of associations about what could be in it, and who it is for, and the motives of those involved. Continue reading
A Navy sailor’s wife has alleged that that her husband was wrongly diagnosed with psychiatric problems and forcefully admitted in the psychiatric ward at the naval hospital Sanjivini in Kochi as he had levelled corruption charges against his seniors at INS Kattabomman naval base in Tirunelveli.
“My husband, Sunil Kumar Sahu, who is a SWA-3 rank officer at naval base INS Kattabomman, had complained about corruption and dishonesty of officers here. He had informed the same to the commanding officer at INS Kattabomman, who is also the chief vigilance officer. Continue reading
Over three years ago, the Supreme Court had described as “disingenuous” the then UPA government’s argument, now being parroted by the Narendra Modi government, that the “confidentiality” clause in the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) between India and Germany came in the way of disclosing names of those who had parked their black money in Liechtenstein’s LGT Bank. Continue reading
Continuing with his tirade against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, particularly Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, for saying that the names of alleged holders of foreign accounts having black money couldn’t be shared, Rajya Sabha MP and senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani Friday said the government’s recent submission in Supreme Court in the matter was “ill-advised”. Continue reading
The state government has appointed district sessions judge B P Deshpande as special judge to deal with corruption cases investigated and chargesheeted by the crime branch (CB) and anti-corruption bureau (ACB) in Goa.
A notification in this regard was issued by the government on October 7. Court sources said the notification had reached the CBI court at Mapusa on Wednesday morning. Judge P V Savaikar had been presiding over corruption cases at the special CBI court. Continue reading
Juan Pablo Perez Alfonso, one of the founders of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), once compared the world’s fossil fuel use to “drowning in the devil’s excrement”. There is certainly plenty of evidence supporting his prediction that the fossil fuel industry, with its powerful corrupting influence, will “bring us ruin”. Indeed, coal-related corruption stories are breaking worldwide, shining a light on the murky space between “illegal” and “improper” where the extractive industries work. Continue reading
A case of alleged cheating and corruption has been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against Jindal Steel and Power company relating to the probe into coal blocks allocated during 1993-2005 period.
CBI spokesperson said here on Sunday (19 October) that it is the 36th FIR in connection with its probe in the coal allocation scam. Continue reading
If there is a larger message in the Karnataka High Court’s refusal to grant bail to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, it is that the judiciary will treat corruption among public servants with greater seriousness than ever before. In normal circumstances, an appeal against a four-year prison term by a person who is not expected to flee from justice may have been admitted as a matter of course and the sentence suspended without much ado. However, in the light of Supreme Court decisions describing corruption as a violation of human rights that leads to “systematic economic crimes”, and a “serious malady undermining the very health of the polity”, the High Court has chosen to place corruption cases on a different footing altogether. Continue reading
A special court on Monday summoned former coal secretary, two other government officials and the directors of the Madhya Pradesh-based firm Kamal Sponge Steel and Power Limited (KSPL) to answer charges of corruption, cheating and conspiracy in connection with the coal blocks allocation scam.
While rejecting the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) closure report in the FIR against KPSL, special judge Bharat Parashar summoned HC Gupta, KSPL’s managing director Pavan Ahluwalia and senior official Amit Goyal to appear before his court on October 31. Continue reading