Navy man held in psychiatry ward for exposing corruption

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

Modi govt continues UPA’s ‘disingenuity’ on offshore black money

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

Black money: Jethmalani slams govt stand in Supreme Court

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

Govt appoints judge for corruption cases

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

Coal and corruption

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

Coal Scam: CBI Registers Case Against Jindal Steel And Power

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

Corruption and the courts

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

Coal scam: court summons ex-coal secy on corruption charges

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

India’s Government Is Bribe-Shaming Its Employees

Normally, it’s citizens who call out civil servants for bribery. But in India, the civil service is starting to hold its own people to account. People in India have found a way to bribe their way to do pretty much anything, from passing a driver test to being able to see their baby right after they give birth. Now, the Facebook page of the group Anti-Corruption Bureau in Maharashtra, a state in western India, is publishing photos of public servants who were caught in bribery cases with the goal of mortifying them enough to prevent future corruption. Continue reading