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Editor: NAGARAJA.M.R… VOL.10 issue.13…… .30/03/2016
“There is a higher court than the court of justice and that is the court of conscience It supercedes all other courts. ”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Honour of Indian Parliament for SALE by few Members since decades – SHAME SHAME to those few members
Salary of Member of Parliament Rupees 130000 per month + grand allowances 5 star heritage bungalow , 5 star air / train travel , 5 star health care facility , etc all at tax payers expense
Hunger Deaths Malnutrition Deaths Poverty Earning Less than Rupees 32 per day
Honest Hard Working Child Laborers Earning Less Than Rupees 32 per day
Corrupt Dishonest Criminal Public Servants Earning More than Rupees 5000 per day Murderers of Justice
Ill-gotten Wealth of Corrupt Public Servants
Murderers of Justice Shame to You
Honor of Indian Parliament for sale by few members
– Contempt of Supreme Court of India
Do our MPs MLAs deserve salary hike , subsidized canteen food for their great attendance , participation in sessions ? ??? They must learn punctuality , attendance , class work , home work , etc from primary school children. We the people don’t want our representatives to enjoy luxurious lifestyles at our expense while we are suffering , we don’t want them to get salary hike , we don’t want them to get subsidized canteen food all at our expense while our fellow countrymen are dying due to hunger , malnutrition.
GOI through RBI has written off loans worth 1.14 lakh crore lent to dubious industrialists , entrpreneurs between 2013 – 2015 , while we commoners cann’t easily get ten thousand rupees loan from banks. Farmers are committing suicide unable to pay bank loans worth thousands of rupees , while cheating industrialists are making merry at our expense. It is our money not MP or MLA’s ancestral property. We the people don’t want waiver of loans to industrialists , we want them recovered.
“Power will go to the hands of rascals, , rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight among themselves for power and will be lost in political squabbles . A day would come when even air & water will be taxed.” Sir Winston made this statement in the House of Commons just before the independence of India & Pakistan.
Now , GOI has brought an ordinance to facilitate criminals to stand for election & to enjoy power , there is no social goodwill in this act at all. A convicted person cann’t apply for government jobs , a jail bird either an undertrial or a convict is not permitted to vote in elections , where as a jail bird can stand for elections. What a paradox , illogical thing. Although belated supreme court has done the right thing in barring criminals from standing for elections and upholding the right of people to express negative voting in elections.
The present move of GOI passing an ordinance favoring criminals to enter parliament does no good to the public , but damages the public. The act of GOI is nothing but CONTEMPT OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA by all cabinet members of the GOI. The supreme court must initiate contempt proceedings against the cabinet ministers of GOI.
It is a shame that years ago four members of parliament were caught red handed on charges of human trafficking that too misusing their official passports. We have seen in the past various crimes by M.Ps
– questions for money , kickbacks , Release of money under MPLAD Scheme , etc. In the past we have seen vulgar behaviour of some members in the house , state legislature , remember vulgar acts of Mr.Bora Babu Singh & vulgar acts by some MLAs against Ms.Jayalalitha .Now , it is “Cash for Vote” in trust vote & nuclear cap bill . We ordinary citizens have utmost respect for all constitutional bodies. Disrespect , contempt to constitutional bodies is being shown by some of the constitutional functionaries themselves , they are also making contempt of citizens of India.
this present sorry state of affairs is due to the caste consciousness of the electorate. The public instead of seeing the honesty , integrity of electoral candidates looks just at his caste , in this trend they elect persons
who belongs to their caste even though he is dishonest , untrustworthy & a criminal . Now , the number of criminals , density of criminals ( who are masterminds in evading conviction ) is more in elected houses of people’s representatives – parliament , state assemblies , panchayaths , corporations , etc than in the jails , outside public society . HRW is ready to prove this subject to conditions , in larger public interest. Our people’s representatives must learn classroom discipline , punctuality of attendance , home work , from little kids
of primary school.
We have won the independence by the hard way , by the innumerable sacrifices made by great martyrs like mahatma Gandhi , Nehru , bhagath singh , etc. The criminals who have occupied constitutional positions
don’t have any right to squander that hard won independence of Indians. The disgrace , contempt to august house of people’s representatives is brought upon itself by the corrupt people’s representatives themselves.
We at HRW , have highest regards for the institution of parliament , this is an appeal to the honest few in the parliament to bring to book their corrupt colleagues & to uphold the dignity of the house .
JAI HIND. VANDE MATARAM.
NAGARAJA M R
Editorial : A B C D of Democracy – A Lesson for all people’s representatives
HOW MPs ,MLAs , Ministers – PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES MUST FUNCTION
People are the kings , self rulers in a democracy . Peoples representatives must just represent the wishes , aspirations of people. Example : PEOPLE are nothing but land owners , MPs , MLAs , people’s representatives are just GPA Holders. The Electorate – Citizens of India are SUPREME than Parliament , Ministers and all Other Institutions. When people in Jaitapur , Maharashtra state of India and People of Koodankulam , Tamilnadu are totally against a nuke plant in their area and they don’t want it , still the authorities are forcing this project over their head.
Since 68 years of independence , In India the learned IAS babus & Netas are forcing their agendas , SEZs , Projects over the people for their own selfish gains , against the wishes of people. This is not DEMOCRACY.
In india, indirect democracy is the form of governance. In this form, people’s representatives are bound to raise the questions , issues concerning their constituents on their behalf , on the floor of the house. However the sad part in india even after 68 years of democracy , is the lobbying is at it’s peak. The lobbying is a gentleman’s white collared crook’s way of forming favour seeker’s group , creating a corpus to pay lumpsum bribe & influencing decision making.
The people’s representatives are bound to represent their people first , then their party & party think tanks. India has come to this sorry state of affairs , widespread corruption , huge black economy & rampant poverty, all due to inefficient legislations & enforcements.
These think tanks & IAS lobby, consider themselves as most super brains on earth & gives out suggestions . the present state of affairs is a barometer of their brilliance. Take just one case for the brilliance of our cabinet ministers & IAS babus , In India nearly 50 crore people are barely surviving on a single piece meal per day , hundreds of people are dying due to HUNGER & MALNUTRITION at one end at the other end thousands of tonnes of food grains are rotting away , wasted in FCI Godowns (ie the food procured by the government) , what brilliant ministers & IAS officers ? These think tanks & IAS lobby are the hand maidens of lobbyists / bribers.
Now consider the following example :
Mr.raj gandhi is a member of parliament from mandya constituency in karnataka state. He is a MBA graduate & member of ruling Indian progressive party. The multinational giant M/S GREY HOUND CORPORATION wants to enter into paper manufacturing business in india. It’s sight falls on the public sector paper giant mandya national paper mills (MNPM) in mandya district of karnataka. The MNC effectively lobbies with the government. The ruling party think tank & the cabinet advisory group recommends to the government to make strategic
disinvestment in the PSU M/S MNPM. They bring out graph with full power point presentation stating that it is good for the company as well as the government. The lobbyists follows it up with media reports on the positive aspect of strategic disinvestment. A favourable impression is created in the minds of literate public. The cabinet
committee okays it.
The ” strategic dis investment issue ” comes before the parliament for legislation / approval. The ruling party issues a party whip to it’s members to vote in favour of dis investment. However M.P mr.raj gandhi who is an MBA in his own wisdom also favours the dis investment. However ,most importantly the constituents – people in mandya parliamentary constituency through protest marches , mass post card campaigns lakhs in numbers expresses their disagreement with the dis investment & urges their MP mr.gandhi to vote against the disinvestment legislation.
On the D-day in parliament , mr. Raj gandhi as per his party whip & his own wisdom votes in favour of strategic disinvestment legislation, much against the wishes of his people , constituents & mis represents them in parliament. the democracy has failed here. in This way democracy is being derailed since 68 years in india.
In democracy, party whip , MP or MLA’s own wisdom / brilliance, think tank & IAS lobby recommendations are all secondary , the constituent’s of his constituency , people’s wishes aspirations are of primary importance & supreme. What people need is a honest
representative, who simply delivers the people’s aspirations on the floor of the house back & forth , without superimposing it with his own ideas & party ideas. For true democracy , the people’s representatives must be true postmans.
Towards this end , the people must be educated about their democratic rights & responsibilities. This is an appeal to the honest few in the parliament & state legislatures to weed out their corrupt colleagues , lobbyists, to uphold the dignity of the house & to install democracy in it’s true form. Jai Hind. Vande Mataram.
MPs resorted to physical scuffles and vandalised property inside the Parliament, these MPs have clearly brought shame to the nation. http://www.timesnow.tv/videoshow/4448015.cms
The proposal, currently with the Finance Ministry, also suggests that basic pension should be raised from Rs 20,000 per month to Rs 35,000.
The central government seems set to double the salaries and allowances of Parliamentarians. If a proposal in this regard is approved by the Finance Ministry, every MP will get Rs 2.8 lakh per month. Their pension, too, will see a jump.
The government has proposed increasing the monthly salary of an MP from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh, constituency allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000 and secretarial assistance plus office allowance from Rs 45,000 to Rs 90,000.
The proposal, currently with the Finance Ministry, also suggests that basic pension should be raised from Rs 20,000 per month to Rs 35,000. Those who have served for more than five years would get an additional amount — the number of years multiplied by Rs 2,000. Currently, the additional amount is the number of years multiplied by Rs 1,500.
If the Finance Ministry agrees to allocate the amount, Parliament will amend the Salary, Allowance and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill to incorporate the changes, sources said. “The ministry is expected to accept the proposals,” said a top government official. The Finance Minister had allocated Rs 295.25 crore for Lok Sabha MPs and Rs 121.96 crore for Rajya Sabha MPs — which includes expenses such as travel — in his last budget.
The ministry has also agreed to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Members’ Salary and Allowance regarding an increase in car loan and furniture allowance for MPs. The committee had suggested that the Rs 4 lakh car loan given to MPs should be increased. “It could be increased to an amount that is recoverable from MPs in five years,” said the source. Once the proposals, prepared by the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, are implemented, wages of MPs will be higher than the government secretary’s salary. The government, however, has decided not to agree to some other recommendations of the Joint Committee. “The government does not want to pamper the egos of Parliamentarians, but wants them to be adequately paid. The new salaries should take care of inflation too,” added the source. The ministry decided to reject demands by the Joint Committee, headed by BJP MP Yogi Adityanath, to relax norms in amenities for MPs and former members. There were proposals to provide housing loans for MPs, special guest houses in all constituencies, housing societies, exemption from payment at toll plazas and canteen facilities along the lines of what armed forces personnel are entitled to. There was also a recommendation to increase their daily allowance from Rs 2,000 to Rs 4,000, which has not been accepted.
200 PC Salary Hike of MLAs will Ensure Corrupt-free State: TRS MP
Pitching for the increase in salaries of the MLAs and MLCs in Telangana, TRS MP Jithender Reddy on Wednesday said that it would ensure a corrupt-free state.
“We would now like to redesign our Telangana to a corruption-free and a good administrative state. In that manner, we would like to give a proper fund, salary, which the people meet, so that they do not turn towards corruption,” Reddy told ANI.
“We are deprived with all our comforts, which we were supposed to get for the last 60 years. We have achieved the Telangana state after 60 years. Now, we have our own income and we look after all the poor people. We have given a lot of welfare schemes to them,” he added.
The Congress Party, however, condemned the proposed salary hike and drew the attention towards the pathetic condition of the farmers to justify its point.
“Telangana is a state (where) we have seen hundreds of farmers committing suicide. And here the Chief Minister spends crores on yagnas, the Chief Minister is proposing a pay hike for the MLAs, this is unfortunate and ridiculous,” All India Mahila Congress president Shobha Ojha said.
The Telangana Government is examining the issue of increasing the salaries of MLAs and MLCs in view of their inadequate pay structure.
Several MLAs and MLCs have submitted representations in this regard to Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and also to the Legislature Secretary in recent times.
The Telangana legislators now get Rs. 95,000 per month and their salary bill coupled with those having Cabinet rank, would be to the tune of Rs. 14.94 crore per annum.
There is an estimate that around Rs. three lakh is spent every month by the MLAs and MLCs to meet expenses, including paying for meals of their staff, providing financial assistance to different persons and also to attend various programmes in the constituency, the statement issued from the Chief Minister’s office said.
The lawmakers in Telangana now are requesting for more than three-fold increase in their salaries to Rs. three lakh per month from Rs 95,000 per month.
The demand for raising the salaries in Telangana was discussed at a meeting held yesterday by the Chief Minister.
India’s MPs have given themselves a threefold hike in salary, now earning 68 times the country’s average salary. But no conditions of service have changed. In the USA, for example, members of Congress cannot earn more than 15% from outside of their Congressional salary. In India, the average assets of 304 MPs who contested in 2004 and then re-contested in 2009 grew 300%!
On August 27, 2010, Indian Members of Parliament voted themselves a threefold hike in their basic salary, from Rs 16,000 to Rs 50,000 and doubled the constituency and office expense allowances to 40,000 each. MPs will thus receive an assured income of Rs 1.3 lakh (a salary of Rs 50,000 plus constituency allowance of Rs 40,000 and office or stationary allowance of Rs 40,000) a month.
The repayable advance for purchase of a vehicle will go up from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 4 lakh with cheaper interest rate on the loan. The pension for former MPs will go up from Rs. 8,000 to Rs 20,000 a month.
The increase in the salaries of MPs and pension to former MPs would cost the government an additional Rs103.76 crore every year. The increase in the daily, constituency and office expenditure allowances will cost the government an additional Rs 38.50 crore every year.
An MP’s wage is tax-free and comes with additional perquisites such as free petrol, free telephone calls and free housing, some of it in the most expensive real estate in the country’s capital. Most household expenses – furniture, electricity, water, laundry – is also paid for by the State. MPs can travel anywhere in the country by rail, first class, and get 34 free air tickets for themselves or a companion a year. Spouses of MPs can travel free by air from their residence to New Delhi eight times a year when Parliament is in session and unlimited number of times by rail.
MPs also get a daily allowance of Rs 1,000 per day to attend Parliament and Rs 2 crore a year to spend on development of their constituencies as they see fit, a practice that many consider unconstitutional though the Supreme Court has upheld it.
Significantly, during the debate that preceded the passing of the Salary, Allowance and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2010, some parliamentarians voiced the opinion that an independent body should be set up to decide on the future pay of MPs as there had been considerable public criticism of the fact that MPs were possibly the only section of society that decide their own salary increases.
Compared to developing countries, Indian MPs have unparalled freedom to fix their own salaries and perks. In France and Japan, salaries of MPs are determined in relation to the salaries of the highest paid bureaucrats. In Germany, Article 48 (3) of the Basic Law says that the members of Bundestag will get remuneration adequate enough to ensure their independence. In Switzerland, parliamentarians do not get any salary or allowance. They just get paid leave from their employers on the days of session.
In Mexico, MPs are paid handsomely, but they cannot do any business or practise any profession. They cannot even be officebearers of any political party. In the USA, members of Congress cannot earn more than 15% from outside of their Congressional salary. There is no such bar on the MPs or MLAs in India. As Neerja Choudhury, political editor of the New Indian Expresspointed out in an article, MPs do not even have to answer for any conflict of interest. An MP who has a defence equipment business is allowed to be on a defence committee which formulates defence policy and a parliamentarian who has aviation interests to be on a civil aviation committee, thereby making policy changes which benefit them individually.
In the UK, the Review Body on Senior Salaries established by law, advises the prime minister on the pay and pensions of MPs, ministers, judges, defence personnel, senior civil officers and other such high posts. It is an independent body consisting of non-MPs who have served in high positions in the judicial and managerial offices with distinction. Several MPs in the recent salary debate in India have suggested an independent body to rule on the issue and the UK body could serve as a model. Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has suggested that there should be a salary commission or a pay commission to decide MPs’ salary.
The wildly fluctuating salary demands from Indian MPs underline the need for such an objective agency. Some MPs have been demanding that their salaries be more than that of top bureaucrats. Two former chief ministers and leaders of their respective parties, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav, demanded a 500% hike in salaries for MPs and stalled proceedings in Parliament during the debate on the current salary increase. They wanted the basic salary to be fixed at Rs 80,001, one rupee more than the salary of a secretary in the Government of India. However, while most MPs run businesses from where they derive income, for bureaucrats, their salaries are usually their sole source of income. Moreover, while a bureaucrat gets pension after serving for 30-35 years, an MP is entitled to pension even if he has spent just one day in Parliament. Nor do bureaucrats get a daily allowance for attending office every day as MPs do for attending Parliament.
Much of the criticism of the salaries of MPs springs from the fact that the electorate – which incidentally puts them in power – does not think they are doing a good job. It has been pointed out that there is very little debate on most bills in the House unless a particular party has some interest at stake or can derive mileage from the issue. Private members bills are rare. The last one that was made into an Act was in 1970. Public perception of MPs using their positions to make money for themselves also adds to the indignation when MPs vote themselves a salary hike. Moreover, some 150 MPs elected last year have criminal cases against them, with 73 very serious cases ranging from rape to murder.
Writing in the Times of India, journalist, filmmaker and one-time Rajya Sabha MP, Pritish Nandy, estimates that today, out of 543 MPs in the Lok Sabha or Lower House, 315 or 60% are crorepatis or millionaires. Forty-three out of the 54 Rajya Sabha MPs elected last year are also millionaires. Their average declared assets are over Rs 25 crore each. The assets of the average Lok Sabha MP have grown from Rs 1.86 crore in the last House to Rs 5.33 crore, an increase of 200%. Nandy also says that MPs become richer in office. The average assets of 304 MPs who contested in 2004 and then re-contested in 2009 grew 300%. Over 33% of those with assets above Rs 5 crore won the last elections while 99.5% of those with assets below Rs 10 lakhs lost!
The feudal mindset that still pervades among large sections of India’s population, accepts that top politicians are entitled to be treated like the maharajahs of old, who have it in their power to dole out all sorts of favours to their subjects like admissions to schools, water or gas connections, letters of recommendation for jobs or concessions. The intelligentsia is angered at this attitude but can do little.
Few people oppose decent salaries for MPs. Up until 1968, MPs used to receive a monthly salary of Rs 400 and another Rs 31 as daily allowance. From 1969 to 1985, they were entitled to Rs 500 as salary and Rs 51 daily allowance. In 1985, the salary was revised to Rs 1,500. Pension for MPs was introduced in 1977. The last salary revision took place three years ago.
However, this may not be the best time for MPs to vote themselves increases in pay when the country is reeling under inflation and the prime minister himself has been critical of high corporate salaries and asked government officials to curtail expenses on foreign trips, hotel accommodation etc.
“After all that we are going through (crushing inflation), to see our elected representatives proposing a price hike for themselves is quite disheartening but not totally unexpected,” Rajesh Ranjan, 37, a cart puller in Delhi told Sify.com in a survey of what common people thought of the hike. His views were echoed by Ranjana Kumari, director of the Centre for Social Research: “The proposed salary hike is uncalled for and shows the insensitivity of the MPs to the problems of the poor. When funding for essential projects is becoming scarce, this hike is an unjustifiable extravagance at the expense of the taxpayer.”
There is a school of thought that believes the salaries of MPs should be high, higher even than at present maybe, but the perks and ability to grant favours must be eliminated or severely curbed. Providing houses in Lutyens’ Delhi, for instance, is a needless expense, when most states maintain an MPs hostel where out of town MPs can stay when Parliament is in session.
There is also the question of proportion – comparing the salary of MPs with the people they claim to represent. According to one calculation, after the hikes of the MPs’ salaries, perks and allowances, they will earn 68 times more than what an average person earns annually.
|SALARY AND ALLOWANCES OF PARLIAMENTARIANS|
|Daily allowance (to attend Parliament or committee meetings)||1,000||2,000|
|Constituency allowance per month||20,000||40,000|
|Office expenses per month||20,000||40,000|
|# Washing allowance (for sofa covers and curtains) once in three months
# Furniture allowance: ‘ 60,000 per annum for durable and Rs 15,000 for non-durable furniture
|PENSION AND PERKS|
|Pension for every additional year||500||1,500|
|Interest-free loan for vehicles||1,00,000||4,00,000|
|Road mileage rate for vehicles (per km)||13||16|
|# Free telephone calls up from 100,000 to 150,000
# Accommodation in Delhi with 4,000 kl of water and 50,000 units of electricity every year
# Reimbursement of expenses incurred on tiles in
kitchen and bathrooms
# Travel for spouse: Earlier limited of two trips in the Budget session and one in other sessions removed
INDIAN PARLIAMENT CANTEEN – Unbelieveble Rock bottom Prices
What’s eating Parliament was a question on top of many minds last week. At least some of them also wondered what Parliament ate. It was an RTI reply that stirred the pot, saying the Parliament canteen serves shami kebabs for Rs 14 a plate and a “three-course lunch” for Rs 61 — getting a subsidy of Rs 14 crore every year. Television and social media outrage followed, but what really lit the fire was the BJD’s Jay Panda starting a signature campaign for subsidies enjoyed by lawmakers to end. Twelve MPs led by the CPM’s M B Rajesh countered, asking Panda about the government largesse enjoyed by his family companies. With parliamentarians being easy fodder, demands were raised seeking their head on a platter. But, for once, the protesters may have a lemon.
Of the total subsidy of Rs 14 crore revealed by the RTI query, about Rs 11-12 crore goes towards salary of the staff manning the canteen, sourced from the Railways. Besides, figures show, the monthly sales at the canteen remain almost constant during House sessions and in between them, as do the number of customers — around 5,000 every day. Simply put, it’s not just MPs and journalists who avail of the facilities. The largest chunk of customers are, in fact, Parliament staff, ministries whose standing/consultative committee meetings happen in Parliament or its annexe buildings, members of other parliamentary panels, who come both during and in between sessions, as well as parties holding press conferences there. The per day sales when Parliament is not in session amount to Rs 2,09,939.70. The days it is, the figure is Rs 2,08,670.59. When it started out, Parliament canteen used to have silver-plated utensils and cutlery, and up to 10,000 customers a day. “An analysis by the Lok Sabha Secretariat reveals that of the total number of people who eat in Parliament canteen now, only 9 per cent are MPs,” says an official involved in the running of the canteen who did not want to be identified. “Just about Rs 2.5-3 crore is actual subsidy for food,” he adds. “The rest is establishment cost.” Though referred to as a single canteen, Parliament actually has at least four places where food is served, including one in the Parliament annexe and another in the library building. Room No. 70, on the first floor, is where the canteen reserved for MPs is located, though they more often order food in the Central Hall or in their offices. It is at the facility in the library building that the food is cooked, ever since gas cylinders were disallowed inside the main Parliament building in 2010 by former speaker Meira Kumar after a couple of incidents of fire. Cooked food reaches Parliament before 11 am and is kept in large bain maries — which keep food gently warm through those heated House hours — till lunch. Groceries are sourced on a daily basis from Kendriya Bhandar, while vegetables, fruits etc are bought from Mother Dairy outlets around Parliament. All bills are settled by Northern Railways. Getting the raw materials inside is no mean task. There are security checks at every point, sometimes heated exchanges too, and supplies are loaded and unloaded thrice for checking and X-rayed twice. The only items sourced in-house are milk and milk products, from the DMS (Delhi Milk Scheme) booth on the Parliament campus. Tenders for desserts are given out annually, to usually well-known Central Delhi vendors such as Bangla Sweets and Kaleva. It is the rates that make the largely ordinary food stand out — and make it such a hot potato. Soup with a slice of bread costs Rs 8, a vegetarian thali comes for Rs 18, while a non-vegetarian thali is for Rs 33. A fried egg and mutton curry costs Rs 20. A fruit salad costs Rs 10 without cream, and Rs 14 with it. The rates haven’t changed since 2010, though a government has fallen since then, with inflation cited as one of the reasons. While canteen officials decide the daily menu, they can only pick from a long list of items and prices approved by the Food Management Committee of Parliament. Its current head is TRS MP A P Jithender Reddy. He has many fans for his “commitment” to serving authentic Hyderabadi biryani and for getting the chefs trained at Gymkhana Club. For the regulars, more than the prices, the most attractive feature are the staff. The 400-odd railway employees easily qualify as some of the most polite government servants around — perhaps a reflection of their august surroundings. The House may be a cauldron, but inside here, the MPs too are equally genial. An official recollects how he was at the billing counter when an MP walked in. “After he had ordered eight-nine items, I looked up and saw it was M F Husain. I instinctively looked at his feet, and they were shoeless. I told him he could have just ordered and the food would have been delivered. He was very nice and said he preferred taking it himself.” The headiest day at the canteen though was when Prime Minister Narendra Modi walked in unscheduled in March this year and said, “Bhojan do.” “I just brought him whatever vegetarian food there was and at the end of it, there was not a speck of it left on the plate. He gave the waiter Rs 100,” he says. Most MPs are as non-fussy, staffers attest, and equally big tippers — often paying up to 10 times the price of the food. There are exceptions though. An actor MP known to have a sweet tooth and a not-so-sweet temper who frequently orders in the Central Hall isn’t a favourite. Incidentally, till just about a year ago, what was on Parliament’s table was the quality and not the price of food served in the canteen. Agitated Rajya Sabha MPs, led by Jaya Bachchan of the Samajwadi Party, had raised the matter of parliamentarians falling ill after having the food; a case in point being senior SP leader Ramgopal Yadav. If there has been a change, it is in the case of the humble roti. The roti makers that the canteen had procured did not churn them out hot or round enough. After many complaints, these were junked, the strict embargo on fire relaxed, and a provision made for rotis to be made in-house. Search continues, meanwhile, for a good roti maker.
Parliament Canteens Run Up Crores in Food Subsidy
A mutton curry for Rs 20, chicken curry for Rs 29, boiled rice Rs 4, so is boiled egg, masala dosa for Rs 6, vada for Rs 2, puri with veg for Rs 2, non-veg meal for Rs 33, and a three course lunch for Rs 61, veg/egg/chicken sandwiches at just Rs 3/4/6, burger for Rs 17, pizza for Rs 20, low fat cream with fruits for Rs 19, custard with fruits (low fat milk) for Rs 23, roomali rotti, chapatti or pappad at just Re 1. And from the Winter Session 2014, Hyderabadi biriyanis for Rs 50 and 20 among other things to the menu.
This 95-item menu is not from a Socialist-run Restaurant at the end of the Universe, but from the four canteens at the Parliament in Delhi, where many legislators are increasingly pushing for subsidy cuts in food, fuel and fertilisers among other things.
With this heavily subsidised food bills, some times charged only a meagre 10 per cent of the raw material cost, these canteens have run up a subsidy of a whopping Rs 14 crore in just a year between 2013-14, show RTI documents.
The raw material cost alone for ‘vegetable stew’ – this is not factoring in the operating cost like salary, utility bills etc – works out to Rs 41.25. At the Parliament canteens, they are sold at Rs 4. So is ‘boiled vegetables’, which has a raw material cost of Rs 31.73. ‘Dal assorted’ is charged just Rs 2, while the prices of pulses have sky-rocketed across the country. Similarly, boiled egg and egg sandwiches cost only Rs 4, at a time when retail price of egg in Chennai is crossing Rs 5.
In fact, in the entire list of items on offer, only three items make any economic sense in this age of market Socialism – chapatti (Re 1 charged as against a raw material cost of 0.77 paise), samosas (procured at market price) and juices in tetra packs, to be charged at purchase price. The smarter ones could instead go for fresh juice that costs only Rs 14 (as against a raw material price of Rs 45.10).
The canteens are managed by Northern Railway, and the day-to-day activities are monitored by Joint Committee on Food Management in Parliament House Complex. The money to feed the lawmakers and staff – and others – are met from the budget grant of Lok Sabha Secretariat, said the under secretary from LS Secretariat, in reply to an RTI filed by noted RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal dated June 18.
Agrawal alleged that the food prices at these four canteens were revised only twice since Independence. The RTI reply notes that prices were revised on December 24, 2002; April 4, 2003; and the latest on December 14, 2010.
This heavy subsidy enjoyed by the Parliamentarians comes at a time when the Centre is taking increasing steps to cut subsidies across the board.
After Public Anger, Parliament Canteen Ends Rs. 16 Crore Subsidy
The Parliament canteen will no longer sell food at subsidised prices, ending a decades-old provision that has often drawn criticism.
From tomorrow, food will be sold at no-profit, no-loss, the Lok Sabha Secretariat announced, revoking a subsidy bill that last stood at Rs. 16 crore annually.
According to the new menu, a vegetarian thali which earlier cost Rs. 18 will now be sold for Rs.30 and a non-vegetarian thali will cost Rs. 60 instead of Rs. 33 earlier.
A three-course meal will cost Rs. 90 instead of Rs. 61 earlier and chicken curry, which earlier cost Rs. 29, will be sold for Rs. 40.
The last time the rates were hiked was in 2010 and from now on shall be reviewed from time to time, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said.
The rates have been hiked as there have been frequent controversies over subsidised food being served in Parliament despite higher food prices outside.
“The Speaker (Sumitra Mahajan) has taken a number of decisions, out of which the most important is that the canteen in Parliament will now work on ‘no-profit, no-loss’ basis,” the Lok Sabha Secretariat said in a statement.
“Accordingly, the rates of various food items have been increased and these would be sold at the actual cost of making. This will be effective from tomorrow,” the statement said.
Also to avoid wastage and keep a check on costs, limited food shall be prepared during the day and tea and coffee vending machine shall be brought in.
“This rate hike will apply to Members of Parliament, officials of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, media persons, security personnel as well as visitors,” the statement said.
Fight in Indian Parliament
Watch FIGHT IN UP ASSEMBLY
They streamed out, in quick succession, holding handkerchiefs to their noses. Some emerged with their eyes watering. Others were coughing. The evacuation followed a liberal spritzing of pepper spray inside parliament by law-maker L Rajagopal. (Track LIVE updates here)
A little after 12 pm, an ambulance tore away, its siren blaring the coda to what had unfolded inside the Lok Sabha. A glass table-top had been smashed. A mic had been yanked from a table and flung. And Mr Rajagopal, age 49, had sprung with his aerosol can in a scrum of parliamentarians fighting in the centre or the Well of the House. Reports that a knife had been pulled by an MP added to the chaos. (First pepper spray, then gas masks in Parliament: 10 developments)
Three parliamentarians were moved to hospital complaining of burning eyes. A fourth was admitted for severe chest pains.
At 12 pm, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde tabled the bill that blueprints the creation of the Telangana state. Within seconds, the violence began. (Blog: A reporter’s account of today’s Lok Sabha violence)
The five-minute riot in Parliament was constructed by those who say they will not allow Parliament to discuss or vote on the proposal that bifurcates Andhra Pradesh by carving out one of its three regions, Telangana, as a new southern state. The architects of today’s violence were unrepentant. “Why should I apologize?” asked Venugopal Reddy, who is a member of the Telugu Desam Party. “The government should apologize for the Telangana bill,” he said defiantly, while rejecting allegations that he brandished a knife during the clashes. “I pulled out a mic,” he said, with a sense of accomplishment. (Watch)
Politicians opposed to a Telangana state have been bingeing on bad behaviour since this Parliament session began on February 5, but today’s exhibit of total anomie is unprecedented in the history of the Indian Parliament. “They have shamed India, they have shamed us,” said Speaker Meira Kumar, who later suspended 16 lawmakers for the violence. (Acted in self-defense, says L Rajagopal, the ‘pepper-spray MP’)
“What happened today….the Congress has to take responsibility for it,” said Rajnath Singh, the chief of the main opposition party, the BJP. (Read: On Telangana, government gets no help from BJP)
The move to downsize Andhra Pradesh, designed as vote-bait before the national election by the Congress, has proven so far to be a gross miscalculation, resulting in strident dissent from its own chief minister, Kiran Kumar Reddy. Like other politicians who want the plan nixed, his constituency lies in the non-Telangana regions of Seemandhra, which will form the residuary state.
The Congress needs the support of the BJP to push the Telangana proposal through Parliament before it wraps on February 21. The BJP had so far suggested it would back the bill if the Congress could ensure order in Parliament to allow for a debate, and if the government made special financial provisions to help Seemandhra, which is worried about a smaller share of water, power and revenue from Telangana once the new state is created.
After today’s debacle, the BJP said the government has lost the right to try and clear any legislation other than the interim budget.
FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS OF CITIZENS Vs PRIVILEGES OF CONSTITUTIONAL FUNCTIONARIES IN INDIA
Let the Legislators of states, members of parliament, High courts & Supreme Court Judges & other constitutional functionaries answer the following questions which are vital in a democracy.
1) What are the fundamental rights of a citizen guaranteed under the constitution (Article 21) ?
2) What are the privileges conferred on legislators & parliamentarians by the constitution of India?
a) Inside the House b) Outside the House
3) What are privileges conferred on constitutional functionaries, like
a) President of India b) Prime Minister of India
c) Chief Justice of India d) Chairman of NHRC
e) Central Vigilance Commissioners.
4) Are the privileges legal immunity conferred on above mentioned constitutional functionaries ?
a) Cover all their official actions irrespective of merit.
b) Cover both their official & personal actions.
5) Are the privileges defined & codified ?
6) Are these privileges above freedom of the press ?
7) Are the liberty & fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed by the constitution, above the privileges of the constitutional functionaries or equal or below ?
8) Can the Indian legislatures & parliament be equated to the House of commons in England which is considered to be a superior court and court of records ?
9) Can the division of powers, namely the legislature, the executive and the Judiciary, be equated to the functioning of the House of commons and House of Lords in England ?
10) Can a citizen be said to have committed breach of privilege of the House or court and causing contempt of the house or court by raising the issues of accountability of constitutional functionaries ?
11) Can a Legislature or Parliament enact a new law, to circumvent or to nullify the Judicial orders with respect to wrongdoings by peoples representatives & executive ? does not it amount to infringement of Judicial powers & contempt of the court by the House.
12) Are the FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES of a citizen more important than constitutional duties of a constitutional functionary or equal in importance to it ?
13) Can a constitutional functionary commit crimes, anti-national activities in the name of constitutional duties, behind the legal veil of official’s secret act & go unaccountable for his actions and go unpunished by his legal immunity privileges ?
14) Are the Legislators members of parliament, High court & Supreme court Judges and other constitutional functionaries not willing to codify their privileges for the reason that if codified their privileges would be curtailed and their action would be subjected to legal scrutiny. ?
15) By votes of citizens Legislators and parliamentarians get seats in the legislature and Parliament out of tax payer’s money, they get their pay, perks & lead 5-Star luxurious lifestyles. Hence whether a vote of a citizen is above (More valid) or a seat of legislator or parliamentarian is above or more valid in a democracy ?
16) Judges & Constitutional functionaries are indirectly appointed by voters / tax payers. Out of tax payers money, they get their pay, perks & lead 5-star luxurious lifestyles. Hence, whether the vote of a citizen, fundamental duties of a tax payer is above (more valid) or a seat of judge / constitutional functionary is above (more
valid) in a democracy ?
17) If there is a vacuum in the Legislature or parliament, who is to fill up that vacuum till such time that the legislature or parliament acts provide a solution by performing its role by enacting proper legislation to cover the field (vacuum) ?
18) While it is an unhealthy practice for a Judge to claim to be a Judge in his own cause, is it not worse for the members of the legislature and parliament to be judges in their own cause ?
19) Are the Technicalities of the case more important to a judge or Justice to a citizen, protection of fundamental rights of citizen.?
20) Why not the constitutional functionaries initiate suo moto action with respect to numerous cases of injustices reported in Media ?
21) Why not the Judges admit various cases of Injustices affecting public, as the Public Interest Litigation” ? In some cases, the Public or the person representing them is unable to afford the high cost of the case. Why not free legal aid is given ?.
22) What is the criteria for admitting a P.I.L. & giving free legal aid ?
23) Communication – free flow of information is the lifeline of a democracy. Why the constitutional functionaries are not honouring the Right to Information of Citizens ?
REUTERS – The image of India’s politicians took another beating on Wednesday after two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs were accused of watching pornography in the Gujarat assembly, just weeks after three Karnataka lawmakers were caught viewing obscene videos and resigned.
News channels broadcast footage on Wednesday showing Shankarbhai Chaudhary allegedly watching porn on a tablet computer with his colleague Jethabhai Bharwad while sitting in the state assembly.
Both politicians said the reports were “baseless”.
“Nothing of this sort happened,” Chaudhary told reporters. “This is being done to malign me.”
Outrage over the incident, with a dose of mockery, fuelled updates on social media, with ‘#porngate’, ‘BJP MLAs’ and ‘Gujarat Assembly’ trending on Twitter in India.
“So all buildings of state assembly have excellent Internet speeds,” commented Twitter user @wastrelette.
Three BJP MLAs in Karnataka, including a women’s affairs minister, resigned in February after being caught watching pornography on a mobile phone during a state assembly session.
Porn row: Three BJP ministers resign, barred from Assembly
A red-faced BJP swiftly went into a damage control mode asking Cooperation Minister Laxman Savadi and Women and Child Development Minister C C Patil to quit while Minister for Ports, Science and Technology Krishna Palemar was axed for allegedly providing the blue film to them.
The three ministers were also barred by Speaker K G Bopaiah from attending proceedings of the Assembly till a House inquiry committee submits report on March 12.
In his ruling, Bopaiah asked the three to give an explanation by February 13 and their reply would be placed before the proposed six-member inquiry committee, comprising two members each from BJP, Congress and JDS.
Till then, the three are barred from attending the Assembly, Bopaiah said in his order as the unsavoury episode rocked the House and provided a fodder to the opposition to take on the ruling party.
Savadi and Patil were caught on camera yesterday while they were viewing the porn video footage inside the state assembly during the proceedings, an incident that battered the image of the Sadananda Gowda Government and BJP and triggering widespread condemnation across the state.
“We don’t want the party and the government to face further embarrassment. All of us have decided to resign. We have handed over our resignation letters to Chief Minister with a request to accept it,” Savadi, Patil and Palemar told reporters. Savadi claimed they have done no wrong.
The direction to the ministers to quit came after the BJP summoned the trio and told them to put in their papers at a meeting attended by top leaders including Gowda, state BJP President KS Eswarappa and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.
The meeting took place close on the heels of BJP President Nitin Gadkari speaking to Gowda and Eswarappa and directing them to initiate action against the three ministers, party sources said.
Losing no time after the ministers fell in line, Chief Minister DV Sadananda forwarded the resignations to Governor HR Bhardwaj who accepted them immediately but that did not satisfy the opposition which created a big ruckus in the assembly demanding the disqualification of the three as MLAs.
BJP Government, already hit by a series of corruption charges, faced acute embarrassment as the fresh controversy exploded in its face after regional TV channels, which recorded the act of the ministers flipping through the porn clippings on their mobile phones, aired the footage yesterday.
Sadananda Gowda said the three ministers had sought a probe into the issue as they maintain that they only watched a clipping that was sent to their mobile and were confident of proving their innocence.
After meeting the party leaders, the three described themselves as “loyal soldiers of the party” and said, “We do not want to further embarrass the government and the party… But we have not committed any crime”.
The exit of the ministers did not satisfy an agressive opposition which also demanded registering criminal cases against them apart from summary disqualification.
Speaker’s announcement of a committee to probe the issue also failed to pacify the agitated opposition members with the Congress announcing boycott of the panel.
“Why should there be a committee. They have admitted to watching the clips. Please disqualify them,” Opposition Congress leader Siddaramaiah insisted and staged dharna in the company of JDS members in the House.
The incident led to curtailing of the assembly session by two days, as Bopaiah adjourned it sine die.
“Yes the incident has embarrassed the party”, Eswarappa admitted even as Gowda maintained that the three ministers resigned on their “own”.
Karnataka witnessed protests at several places by Congress activists who condmened the incident.
With the exit of three more ministers, the list of BJP Ministers in the state who have made dishonourable exit in the last four years has risen to seven.
The present row has brought down the strength of the Gowda ministry to 24, leaving 10 ministerial vacancies.
The central leadership showed the door to BS Yeddyurappa based on the Lokayukta report on illegal mining.
Former minister SN Krishnaiah Setty had to resign from the Yeddyurappa ministry after he faced charges of land scam, followed by Katta Subramanya Naidu on similar allegations while rape charges forced H Halappa to quit as minister.
Two Karnataka ministers caught watching porn film in assembly
BANGALORE: Two BJP ministers in Karnataka – Lakshman Savdi and C C Patil – were allegedly caught watching porn film clips on the former’s mobile phone on the floor the state legislative assembly on Tuesday. While Savdi holds the cooperatives’ portfolio, Patil is the minister for women and child development.
The ministers were caught in the act even as the house was in the middle of a heated debate on the recent hoisting of the Pakistani flag at Sindagi in Bijapur district. Close-up shots of the ministers watching blue films were beamed on television channels in the evening and sparked a furore. The television visuals showed both the ministers sitting next to each other, gazing into Savdi’s handset and bantering on. This is for the first time that the Karnataka assembly is rocked by such a scandal.
Soon after the news broke, Opposition leader Siddaramaiah and JD(S) leader YSV Datta demanded resignation of the ministers. They said the ministers were elected by the people and such an act is nothing short of an insult to the people. “Disgraceful. This should not have happened,” said D H Shankaramurthy, chairman of the legislative council.
The issue expected to generate lot of heat since the legislature will be in session up to Friday. Speaker K G Bopaiah and both the ministers could not be reached immediately for comments.
JANLOKPAL BILL – Need for Accountability of VVIPS
While drafting our constitution of india , drafting members – freedom fighters themselves assumed that in future also the persons who will occupy constituional positions will be sincere & of high impeccable integrity. However they were proved wrong. Late Prime Minister of Great Britain Mr.Winston Churchill has been proved right.
“Power will go to the hands of rascals, , rogues and freebooters. All Indian leaders will be of low calibre and men of straw. They will have sweet tongues and silly hearts. They will fight among themselves for power and will be lost in political squabbles . A day would come when even air & water will be taxed.” Sir Winston made this statement in the House of Commons just before the independence of India & Pakistan.
Nowadays , criminals have entered into public service , working as police , magistrates , etc. Criminals have become MPs , MLAs and are also working as Cabinet Ministers . Criminals have become judges , some of them have become supreme court judges.
End result CRIMINALS POLICING THE OTHER CRIMINALS , CRIMINALS DRAFTING LAWS , CRIMINALS JUDGING OTHERS.
Even there are cases of irregularities , illegaliteies by Prime Minister of India and Irregularities , illegalities committed by supreme court of india judges . Example : JMM MPs bribery case , CWG Scam , 2G Scam , Bofors Scandal , etc and Bhopal Gas Tragedy Judgement fixing by then chief justice of india by way of alteration of charges , financial irregularities , illegal dealings by supreme court judges , etc.
In this backdrop , continuing with legal immunity to Prime minister of india , supreme court judges or any constitutional persons is nothing but blanket clearance to those VVIPs to commit more crimes , more anti-national acts wthout the fear of Law or Legal Prosecution. THIS LEGAL IMMUNITY IS & WILL BE AGAINST THE BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL LETTER & SPIRIT OF EQUALITY & EQUITABLE JUSTICE.
Are not some of the cabinet minsiters , so called constitutional experts , great advocates aware of this fundamental violation of constitution of india. Ofcourse , these advocates rightly fight for , take the cases of poor , commonman , they usually take cases of MNCs , Big time criminals , etc. Let these constitutional experts show us a single government hospital without corruption . Let the light of our constitution shine on our learned friends in the parliament belonging to all political parties. Corruption is there in every political party , in the same way there are very few honest persons in all political parties , judiciary , police & public service. Why you are afraid of accountability to people , while you are enjoying 5-star luxurious lifestyles at tax payer’s expense ?
RTI QUESTIONS CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA , UNION HOME MINISTER , LOKSABHA SPEAKER , Dy Chairman of rajyasabha , PRESIDENT OF INDIA , GOVERNOR OF KARNATAKA , CHIEF MINISTER OF KARNATAKA & DIRECTOR GENERAL OF KARNATAKA POLICE ARE EVADING TO ANSWER
FULL NAME OF THE APPLICANT : NAGARAJA.M.R.
ADDRESS OF THE APPLICANT : NAGARAJA.M.R.,
EDITOR , SOS E-VOICE JUSTICE & SOS E-CLARION OF DALIT ,
# LIG-2 / 761, OPP WATER WORKS OFFICE,
HUDCO FIRST STAGE, LAXMIKANTANAGAR,
HEBBAL, MYSORE , KARNATAKA PIN – 570017.
Hereby , we do request PIO O/O Honourable Chief Justice of India , PIO , O/O H.E.Honorable President of India , PIO O/O Honorable Speaker of Lok Sabha , PIO O/O Dy Chairman of Rajya Sabha , PIOs of Karnataka Raj Bhawan , Karnataka CMO , Union Home Ministry GOI and DG & IG of Police of Government of Karnataka to answer the following questions in public interest , for safeguarding national security , National unity & integrity & to legally apprehend anti-nationals , criminals within the judiciary & police.
Main A :
1. What action you have taken against judges involved in atrocities against women , casewise ? if not, why ?
2. What action you have taken against judges involved in land scams , casewise ? if not , why ?
3. I have shown with actual cases how manipulation / fixing takes place , from complaint filing to judicial pronouncement stage. Are the judges & police , above law ?
4. I have numerous PILs , RTI appeals before supreme court of india. But they were not registered , not honoured , why ?
5. To my legal notice / show cause notice / damage payment notice to supreme court of india & chief justice of india , till date I have not received the reply , why ?
6. Is it not the duty of supreme court of india to protect the life & liberty of all Indian citizens ?
7. Is it not the failure of supreme court of india, when it failed to protect the life of a complainant ?
8. By negligence of their duties , are not supreme court judges aiding & abetting criminals , anti nationals & terrorists ?
9. While crores of Indians are barely surviving on a single piece meal a day , people dying due to starvation , supreme court judges are getting salary & perks amounting to lakhs of rupees from the same suffering public / public exchequer. Are not those duty shirking judges ashamed ?
10. What action you have taken against judges involved in hushing up late prime minister rajiv Gandhi assassination case ?
11. Why the supreme court of india didn’t allow me to appear before it in the said case of late PM Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case ?
12. Why the supreme court of india didn’t protect my life , my job oppurtunities , my newspaper from the wrath of criminal nexus ?
13. When even cable TV journalists , web journalists are getting PRESS / MEDIA accreditation , my web news papers , myself are not getting PRESS accreditation since 9 years , why ?
14. Are the supreme court judges hand in gloves with the criminal nexus ?
Main B :
You have not taken appropriate action to my previous RTI requests , Numerous appeals for justice & police complaints. You have not replied to show-cause notice also. Your inaction has helped the criminals in manipulating & destroying evidences.
Your inaction / delay in performing your duties not only amounts to denial of information , but amounts to violation of our fundamental & human rights , cover-up of crimes , aiding & abetting criminals . The criminal nexus tried to silence me in many ways. Is not these acts of your’s a crime in itself ?
If your acts of crime cover-ups , information / evidence cover-ups , aiding & abetting criminals , silencing a crusader is just & legal. The same type of acts of crimes performed by other citizens will also be legal ?
Main C :
At the outset , we express our whole hearted respects to all constitutional institutions & to the honest few in public service. Contempt of constitutional institutions , citizens of India is being made by the corrupt persons in constitutional positions themselves. This is an appeal to the honest few in public service , constitutional positions , to bring their corrupt colleagues to book.
1. does the action of MPs , MLAs taking money / receiving favors from vested interests , to formulate policy decisions , to raise questions in parliament / legislative bodies or to abstain from voting legal ?
2. why transparent , fair investigation is not done in such cases ?
3. just remember , the vulgar acts of Mr.Bora Babu Singh in state legislature & how some MLAs vulgarly behaved with Ms.Jayalalita in state legislature , years ago. Are these type of vulgar actions by MPs & MLAs legal ? does not these constitute contempt of the house by MPs & MLAs themselves ?
4. all the people’s representatives from panchayath member to president of India must read ABCD Of Democracy provide along with.since independence of India till date , MPs & MLAs are forcing projects on people against the wishes of people , formulating policies against the wishes of people. Are not such projects , government policies & Laws , undemocratic & illegal ?
5. is the election commission of India verifying the authenticity of affidavits submitted by electoral candidates ?
6. how many candidates have been caught so far for giving false affidavits ? are all the violators prosecuted?
7. are the MPs , MLAs submitting their wealth details on affidavits yearly to vigilance authorities ? defaulters , violators how many ?
8. what legal action taken against violators , defaulters , for giving false affidavits ?
9. who is checking the authenticity of those affidavits submitted by MPs , MLAs ?
10. the agricultural incomes of some MPs , MLAs , their kih & kin raises even during the time of severe drought , floods , fall in prices of agricultural products , their companies register increase in turnover / profits even during recession , the trusts / NGOs set up by them receive huge donations. Are all these income legal ?
Main D :
1. we do once again offer our conditional services to the government of india , all state governments & supreme court of india , in apprehending tax evaders , land grabbers , corrupt police , corrupt judges , corrupt public servants , labor law violators , etc. whom the the government officials , vigilance authorities have failed to apprehend. Why the authorities , courts , supreme court of India , are not ready to utilize our service ? are they afraid of being caught ?
2. the public servants , courts theselves are delaying giving information / records to us in many cases. So in the issues / cases raised by us , the clause of time bar doe not apply. Are these delaying tactics of public servants , courts legal ?
3. why no proper , timely action was not taken based on numerous police complaints made by us ?
4. why DG & IGP , Government of Karnataka , has not made any efforts to seek legal sanction for prosecution of VVIPs ( mentioned in our complaint ) , from union & state home ministries ?
5. the criminal nexus is trying to silence me in many ways , but the supreme court of India & national human rights commission has failed to undo the injustices , why ? is it because it is not a high profile case ? is it because it is not hi-fi , does not get image ratings , TRPs ?
6. the public servants are aiding underworld , naxalites & terrorists , by their delaying tactics & denial of information , records. What action has been taken against such anti-national elements in public service ?
7. how many complaints are made by Nagaraj .M.R. , Human Rights Activist , Mysore (editor of SOS e-clarion of dalit & SOS e-voice for justice) to Karnataka police , to national human rights commission to supreme court of India till date ? what action taken with respect to each complaint ?
8. the delay in taking action by public servants with respect to following cases has resulted in more crimes , destruction / manipulation of evidences , records and more injustices to commonman. Why the authorities did not take timely action against criminals in following cases ?
SOS Appeal to SUPREME COURT of INDIA
DEALS IN COURTS & POLICE STATIONS READ :
CROSS EXAM OF HONOURABLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA , SUPREME COURT OF
CROSS EXAM OF UNION HOME SECRETARY , GOI , NEW DELHI –
CROSS EXAM OF DG&IG OF POLICE , GOK , BANGALORE –
CROSS EXAM OF GOVERNOR , RESERVE BANK OF INDIA
http://theftinrbi.blogspot.com/ , http://theftinrbi.rediffblogs.com/
CROSS EXAM OF MUDA COMMISSIONER , MUDA , MYSORE –
http://crimesofmuda.blogspot.com/ , http://manivannanmuda.blogspot.com/
, http://crimesatmudamysore.wordpress.com/ ,
CROSS EXAM OF BDA COMMISSIONER , BDA , BANGALORE –
http://crimesofbda.blogspot.com/ , http://bdacrimes.wordpress.com/ ,
CORPORATE CRIMES RPG CABLES LIMITED
MEGA FRAUD BY GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
are you ready to catch tax thieves ?
MOBILE PHONES , CURRENCY SCANDALS
reliance industry where is accountability ?
crimes at infosys campus
crimes by B.D.A against a poor woman
crimes of land mafia in India
currency thefts in RBI Press
killer colas & killer medicines of India
HONOR OF INDIAN PALIAMENT FOR SALE
Persecuted IROM SHARMILA of Puttaparthi AP – pushpa kolasani on hunger strike in anantapur district jail Andhra Pradesh
9. how many judges are caught by authorities for doing improper , immoral & illegal acts , since independence till date ? what action taken in each case ?
10. what action taken against copy cat judges caught red handed while copying in public examination in Andhra Pradesh ?
11. have you reviewed all the previous judicial decisions taken by such judges of doubtful integrity & honesty ?
12. is it not the duty of government & supreme court of India , to protect the fundamental rights & human rights of all Indian citizens ?
13. why the government & supreme court of India has failed to protect the fundamental rights & human rights of me & those mentioned in my complaint ?
14. how many former CJIs , supreme court & high court judges have disproportionate wealth ?
15. Your denial of information to my previous RTI requests amounts to suppression of evidence , hiding crimes , what action against erring public servants ?
16. why my previous RTI requests or part there of was not transferred to appropriate authorities and information given to me in a consolidated form ?
Main E :
Q1. Why not death sentence to corrupt police who murder people in in lock-up / fake encounters ?
Q2. Why not death sentence to corrupt police who apply 3rd degree torture on prisoners ?
Q3. Why not death sentence to corrupt police , who connive with criminals & backstabs our motherland , it’s national security ?
Q4. Don’t the police have suo-motto powers to take action in the interest of public welfare , law & order ?
Q5. Daily we see numerous reports of misdeeds by police , public servants , industrialists , etc in the media . Then why not police taking any action with respect to them ?
Q6. nowadays we see numerous reports of scams , scandals by constitutional functionaries , public servants in the media. Instead of wasting money , killing time by prolonging formation of parliamentary committees , judicial commissions , why not subject those accussed public servants to narco analysis , lie deector test , etc to ascertain truth & provide timely justice ?
Q7. If a commonman files a complaint , police / courts wants evidences , witnesses to take action against the rich & mighty crooks. Where as if a rich person just gives a complaint against a poor chap , he is arrested , tortured eventhough there are no evidences , witnesses. Why this double standard ?
Q8. If a poor chap tries to collect evidences as per his fundamental rights or as per RTI ACT , the public servants don’t give full , truthfull information. Still , police / courts don’t take action against those public servants hiding crimes. Why ?
Q9.why I was not permitted to appear as an “amicus curie” before jain commission of enquiry or supreme court of india probing late prime minister rajiv Gandhi assassination case ?
Q10. The criminal nexus tried to silence me , by closing my news paper , by snatching away my job oppurtunities in government service, by physically assaulting me , by threatening me of false fix-ups in cases & by attempts to murder me. But no action against culprits , why ?
Q11. Whereas , I was enquired number of times by police & intelligence personnel about this case , but the culprits were not enquired even once , why ?
Q12.who compensates the losses I have suffered due to these injustices ? are not police responsible for it ?
Q13. Is it not the duty of police to protect the lives , livelihood of witnesses & all parties involved , both during case & afterwards ?
Q14. How do you monitor & check corrupt police personnel & increase in their family’s wealth year after year ?
Q15. While getting appointed into government service from the rank of peon to IAS officer , police verification is mandatory. While appointing to sensitive defense establishments , research institutes in addition to police verification , central intelligence agencies cross-check candidate’s background. However is there no background checks of constitutional functionaries , MPs , MLAs , , who are privy to national secrets ? why ?
Q16. Recently , the opposition parties have made allegations during presidential allegations that close relative of one of the front running candidates have swindled public money by their bank , misused public money through one of their NGO. Is it true ?
Q17.has GOI funded any terrorist outfits in india or abroad ?
Q18.india preaches non-violence , panchasheel principles to the world. In india , more than half the population are poor , people are starving to death. Inspite these background , GOI funded & aided terrorist outfits in former east Pakistan ensuring the creation of Bangladesh , GOI has funded & aided terrorist outfits like LTTE , TULF , ETC in srilanka , MQM in Pakistan. In turn these terrorist outfits have murdered thousands of innocents in those countries. Are these acts of GOI just & legal ? Is not GOI responsible for all those murders of innocents ? has GOI paid any compensation to those victims or their family mebers ? why not ?
Q19.within india , to reduce the influence of certain terrorist groups , GOI has funded & aided couter terrorist groups , is it right & legal ?
Q20. In Jharkhand , chattisgarh , etc , the government has armed , trained & funded “salwa judum” to counter naxalites. Salwa judum cadres are terrorizing innocents just like naxalites. Is this action of government just & legal ?
Q21.in india, TADA , POTA is being rampantly misused by police. Even where there are no problems of terrorism , TADA / POTA is being slapped against innocents , even children. In M.M.Hills of Karnataka state , STF personnel charged tribal people with TADA on frivolous charges of taking lunch to veerappan , stiching dress for the forest brigand, etc. where as the prominent political, film , sports personalities who have links with underworld , anti national elements & attended parties hosted by dawood Ibrahim , other dons in gulf countries , else where. But these hi-fi people are not charged with TADA / POTA ? why ?
Q22. Film actor sanjay dutt had contacts with underworld & fully knowing well the criminal objectives of criminals , hid the dangerous arms & ammunition in his home , which were intended for terrorizing public. However mr.dutt is not charged with TADA / POTA instead he is charged with illegal possession of arms act ( which is normally applied to farmers who use illegal home made guns to scare away animals , birds in their farms ). Why this favourable treatment of mr.dutt by police ? prosecution ? is this because dutt is politically mighty & rich ?
Q23. Law is one & same for all , the public servants, police interpretes , enforces it differentially between rich & poor ? why this differentiation ?
Q24.recently in Bangalore police nabbed criminals belonging to international criminal syndicate selling duplicate nokia mobiles. Every nokia mobile comes with 15 digit IMEI number , this number is also used by police for tracking criminals. In consumer dispute at consumer disputes redressal forum Mysore CD 49/05 , nokia company stated that all it’s products come with IMEI number only & stated that the product in dispute sold by tata indicom dealer M/S INTOTO COMMUNICATIONS , Mysore are not their’s as it doesn’t have IMEI numbers. Further nokia stated they don’t have any business relationship with either tata indicom or it’s dealer. However the tata indicom dealer stated that indeed his products are genuine , first hand products , but doesn’t have IMEI numbers . this proves the dealer in collusion with tata company is selling illegal nokia mobile hand sets & cheating the public. These mobiles are evading taxes , as well as these are without IMEI numbers best buy for criminal elements who want to evade police tracking. What police are doing
Q25. Who , of which rank among police personnel takes the decision to close a case ie to file “B” report , when after certain time limit no leads are found in investigation ?
Q26. How do you monitor corrupt police personnel , who purposefully fail to investigate case properly , so that either the case can be closed with “B” report or the prosecution fails to prove the case in court ?
Q27. Who among police takes the decision to appeal against the verdict of a lower court , when the prosecution fails ?
Q28. Who took the decision , not to appeal against the argentina court order acquitting mr.quatrochi accussed in bofors scandal ?
Q29. Do you treat all the prison convicts same in the prison or does the notorious big time rich criminals get spacious barracks with tv, news paper , adequate food , medical care , etc while small time criminals , poor are crammed into pig sty like rooms with 60-70 inmates without any basic requirements ?
Q30. What is the status of my complaint made to the DG & IG of police , government of Karnataka on 10/12/2004 ? the copies of complaint was released at press meet at patrakartara bhavan Mysore on same day, even copies were given to police & intelligence personnel ?
Q31. Why no action , reply regarding the complaint till date ?
Q32. Our constitutional frame workers gave legal immunity privileges to certain constitutional functionaries , so that they are not burdened with frivolous court cases & can concentrate on their constitutional duties. But these privileges doesn’t cover the individual actions of those public servants like rape , murder , dowry harassment , tax evasion , misuse of office , etc. but still law enforcement / police department is bound to send request to home ministry seeking permission & home ministry sits over files for months. This gives the accussed ample time to destroy evidences. Is it right & legal ?
Q33. Does legal immunity privileges cover their official actions alone ? if not what does it cover ?
Q34. What is the time limit for home ministry to give sanction for the prosecution of tainted constitutional functionaries ?
Q35. How many present MPs , MLAs , MUNICIAPAL CORPORATORS , other people’s representatives are facing criminal charges ?
Q36. In the past , how many MPs , MLAs , corporators were facing criminal charges , yearwise since 1987 ? how many of them were eventually convicted ?
Q37. How many MPs , MLAs , prominent film , sports personalities have have contacts with underworld , foreign intelligence agencies ?
Q38. How many of them have attended frequent parties hosted by underworld dons in gulf countries , else where ?
Q39. How many MP , MLA , other people’s representatives are wanted by police in various cases . but shown in the police records as absconding but in reality are attending the proceedings of the house as usual ?
Q40. When did smt. Sonia Gandhi became a citizen of india ? did she occupy any public office before naturalization ?
Q41. In india , how many MPs , MLAs , MLCs are of foreign origin or have a spouse of foreign origin ?
Q42. Does smt. Sonia Gandhi have citizenship of any other country ?
Q43. Did she occupy any public office while enjoying dual citizenship ?
Q44. How do you monitor public servants who have spouses of foreign origin & while they are on foreign tour , from national security perspective ?
Q45. Is mr. M.S SUBBA member of parliament a citizen of india ?
Q46. What is the status of complaint made by former union minister mr.subramanya swamy alleging that late P.M rajiv gandhi’s family received money from foreign intelligence agencies ?
Q47. In many cases like mass riots involving certain political parties , when that culprit party comes to power all the cases involving it’s partymen are withdrawn by the government orelse prosecution fails to prove it’s case & prefers not to appeal. Just remember Bombay riot case involving shiv sainiks & others , when shiv sena – BJP came to power in Maharashtra , all the cases against it’s partymen were withdrawn. Are these type of decisions by government just & legal ?
Q48.what damages has been done to india’s national security due to mole in the PMO, as alleged by former union minister mr.natwar singh ?
Q49. What action by the government ?
Q50. How many Indians are in the custody of police / military in various foreign countries ?
Q51. How many foreigners are there in Indian prisons ?
Q52. How GOI is protecting the human rights of these prisoners ?
Q53. Is the government paying any compensation to victims of police failures , fix-ups , , who suffer in jail for years & acquitted by courts upon finding them as not guilty ?
Q54. Do you register murder charges / attempt to murder charges against guilty police officers who are responsible for lock-up deaths , fake encounters & 3rd degree torture ?
Q55. How many cases has been filed since 1987 till date ?
Q56. What action has been taken against guilty police officers , STF personnel who were responsible for gross human rights violations , 3rddegree torture , lock-up deaths of innocents in forest brigand veerappan’s territory , based on justice A.J.Sadashiva commission findings ? if not why ?
Q57. I , as a citizen of india as my “fundamental duty” hereby do offer my conditional services to GOI & GOK to apprehend corrupt public servants. Are you ready to utilize my services ?
Q58. Police personnel are always in the forefront of containing crimes , mass fury , riots , etc. they suffer more & even their family members suffer threats from the criminal elements. Do the government provide insurance coverage to police & their family members on the lines of defense forces ?
Q59. What is the amount of coverage to a police constable & his family ?
Q60. Who makes the premium contributions ?
Q61. Do the government provide overtime allowance , food allowance to police who daily work beyond 8 hours of duty ?
Q62. Is the government giving any training to police personnel in public interaction , human rights ?
Q63. Is it right to post professionally trained police to sentry , orderly duties of ministers ?
Q64. What is the ratio of police personnel to total population in india since 1987 ?
Q65. IS THE GOVERNMENT GIVING ADEQUATE FOOD, MEDICAL CARE , CLOTHING , LIVING SPACE TO PRISON INMATES , AS REQUIRED BY A NORMAL HUMAN EING ACCORDING TO W.H.O NORMS ?
Q66. Is the forensic science department which conducts narcfo-analysis , lie-detector test , etc under the control of police department ?
Q67. Is it not right to put it under impartial control of NHRC or like bodies ?
Q68. Is the action of some police officers arranging compromise meetings & subtly insisting the poor to tow the line of rich or else face the consequences , is it right & legal ? this happens mostly in real estate matters.
Q69. Did government make any ransom payments to forest brigand veerappan during his various kidnappings ?
Q70. What action has been taken based on revealations by karim telgi during narco analysis about public servants involvement ?
Q71. How many cases of allegations against judges were made in the media about misuse of office , criminal acts by judges from munsiff court to supreme court of India ? since 1947 till date
Q72. are the enquiry report findings, action taken reports of such cases accessible to public ? if not why ?
Q73. what action has been taken against guilty judges ?
Q74. are the guilty judges legally prosecuted in all such cases ? or has it just ended with their resignation from services or his superior judge not allotting him any judicial work ?
Q75. why some high ranking judges are not legally prosecuted for their wrong doings ?
Q76. are judges above law ? are not everybody equal before law ?
Q77. do the judiciary subject , all the cases handled by accussed / tainted , guilty judges to review , to undo past unjust judgements ?
Q78. how ? if not why ?
Q79. how do the judiciary monitor the net wealth growth of some judges including the wealth in the name of judge’s family members ?
Q80. do all the judges file their annual income , wealth statements on sworn affidavits to the higher judiciary ? defaulters how many ?
Q81. how does the judiciary verifies those statements ?
Q82. is such statements made public , on web ?
Q83. when the judgement of a lower court is turned down by the higher court , what action is initiated against lower court judge for making unjust judgement & meating out injustice ?
Q84. when allegations of corruption , misuse of office , etc against judges are made , why the accussed – judges are not subjected to tests like “poly graph , lie detector , brain mapping , etc” , in the interest of justice & truth ?
Q85. judges are not employees of government , so they are ineligible to be the members of “Karnataka state government judicial department house building co-operative society”. Then how come , many judges including supreme court judges are admitted as members of this society & allotted prime residential site worth crores of rupees for a few thousands by the said society at said society’s – judicial layout , yelahanka , Bangalore ? while the ordinary members like peons , clerks in judicial department are waiting for a site since years , is not the whole thing grossly illegal ?
Q86. in more than 70% of cases before all courts in India , central government or state government or government agency is one of the parties. How many judges or their family members , have received out of turn , favourable allotments of sites , gas agency , petrol pumps , etc by the government ? is not such allotments illegal ? what action ?
Q87. when a person under police custody or judicial custody suffer 3rd degree torture by police , is not the judge of the respective court which is handling that tortured person’s case responsible for it ?
Q88. has the higher judiciary legally prosecuted respective judges & the police officers for committing 3rd degree torture , on charges of attempt to murder & murder ? if not why ?
Q89. registrar , Mysore district & sessions court , has called for the candidatures to various vacancies in that court from the public vide notification no : ADMN/A/10825/2003 dated 19/11/2003. Please furnish me the merit ranking list of selected candidates along with my merit ranking for the post of peon.
Q90. registrar , Bangalore city civil court , has called for the candidatures to various vacancies in that court from the public vide notification no : ADM-I(A)422/03 dated 19/05/2003. Please furnish me merit ranking list of selected candidates for the post of peon.
Q91. when a person doesn’t get adequate food , medical care while under police custody or judicial custody , is not the respective judge dealing that person’s case responsible for it ? what action ?
Q92. how judiciary is monitoring food & medical care to prisoners ?
Q93. numerous accussed persons are suffering in jail under judicial custody , for periods far exceeding the legally stipulated sentence periods. For example : a pick-pocketer is in jail for one year , the judge finds him guilty of offence & gives him 3 months sentence. What about the excess punishment of 9 months. Is not the judge responsible for the illegal , excess punishment of the convict ? what action against the judge in such cases ?
Q94. numerous innocents suffer in jail for years & finally the judge finds them as innocents & acquits them of the charges. What about the prison sentence , the innocent has already served ? is not the judge responsible for this illegal , unjust punishment to an innocent ? remedy ? what action against the judge ?
Q95. does the privileges of judges cover both their official actions & the actions arising out of misuse of office ?
Q96. does the privileges of judges cover both their official actions as judges & their personal actions as individuals ?
Q97. are the fundamental rights of citizens supreme or the privileges of judges , constitutional functionaries supreme ?
Q98. what is the criteria adopted for promotion of judges ?
Q99. what is the criteria adopted for appointment of advocates from bar , as the judges ?
Q100. what is the criteria adopted for appointment of retired judges , as governors of states , members or as chairman of commissions , etc ?
Q101. how many judges belonging to oppressed classes – scheduled caste , scheduled tribe , other backward classes , minorities & women are their in supreme court , state high courts & subordinate courts ? kindly provide specific figures .
Q102. what are the legal measures enforced by judiciary , to enforce the accountability of judges & to check corruption in judiciary ?
Q103. are not these measures a failure , looking at present state of affairs of judiciary ?
Q104. does the judges arrange for distribution of alchoholic drinks at the official meetings , parties , at the tax payer’s expense ?
Q105. does any judges have included their consumption of alchoholic drinks , in their hotel bill & claimed traveling allowance ?
Q106. what action has been taken against – selectors ie Karnataka high court judges & newly selected women judges involved in roost resort scandal in Mysore , Karnataka ?
Q107. when common people / tax payers & even government employees are not getting proper health care from government at government hospitals. Is it right & just to provide premium health care to judges , constitutional functionaries at 5-star private hospitals in India , abroad , all at tax payer’s expense ?
Q108. are the judges subjected to periodical health check-ups to ascertain their health , mental faculties & mental balance in the midst of all work pressures , emotional tensions ?
Q109. what is the criteria adopted by judiciary for accepting applications seeking public interest litigations ?
Q110. why numerous appeals for PIL by me , were not considered ?
Q111. what is the criteria adopted by judiciary , for appointing “amicus curie” in a case ?
Q112. why my appeal to honourable supreme court , to make me as an “amicus curie” in late P.M Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case , was not considered by the court ?
Q113. what is the criteria adopted by judiciary , for initiating suo-motto action ?
Q114. numerous cases of injustices are reported in the media daily , with supporting evidences . why not the judiciary take suo-motto action in all such cases ?
Q115. legal aid boards pre-judge the cases in the name of taking legal opinion , before providing legal aid to the needy ? is it not needy person’s rights violation ?
Q116. is not the safety of witnesses , parties in cases responsibility of the court , both during hearing of the case & afterwards ?
Q117. is the use of 3rd degree torture by police on prisoners , during the police custody / judicial custody / prison sentence right ? what action ?
Q118. when the corrupt police officer & government prosecution advocate together cover-up evidences , conducts improper investigation intentionally to fail the case – to cover-up rich crooks , high & mighty people , what action judge takes in such cases ?
Q119. how does the judiciary monitor the wealth growth of police , government advoctes , tax officials , officials of licensing authorities , to ensure proper & fair prosecution of cases against rich & mighty ?
Q120. what are the status of appeals made by human rights activist NAGARAJ.M.R. to the honourable supreme court of India ?
Q121. corruption is rampant for selection of officers to quasi-judicial positions like district / taluk magistrates , tax officers , revenue officers , land acquisition officers , etc. how the judiciary monitors over their quasi-judicial actions ?
Q122. subject to conditions , I , NAGARAJ.M.R. , editor , e-voice of human rights watch , do offer my free services to honourable supreme court of India , to apprehend corrupt judges , are you – the honourable court ready to utilize it ?
Q123. what are the status of my appeals , sent to the honourable supreme court of India , through government of india’s on-line grievance system ( DPG & DARPG ) :
DPG/M/2006/80008 , DARPG/E/2006/00057, DARPG/E/2006/00225 , DPG/M/2006/80021 , DARPG/E/2006/00253 , DPG/M/2006/80032 , DARPG/E/2006/01149 , DPG/M/2006/80047 , DARPG/E/2006/01164 , DPG/M/2006/80043 , DPG/M/2006/80085 , DARPG/E/2006/06704 , DARPG/E/2006/07017 , DARPG/E/2006/07018 , DPG/M/2006/80159 , DPG/M/2006/80162 , DARPG/E/2006/07864 , DPG/M/2006/80165 , DARPG/E/2006/07877 , DPG/M/2006/80167 , DARPG/E/2006/08028 , DARPG/E/2006/08029 , DARPG/E/2006/08032 , DARPG/E/2006/08043 , DARPG/E/2006/08044 , DPG/M/2006/80174 , DPG/M/2006/80193 , DARPG/E/2007/00044 , DPG/M/2007/80003 , DPG/M/2007/80010 , DARPG/E/2007/00164 , DARPG/E/2007/00165 , DPG/M/2007/80014 , DPG/M/2007/80025 , DPG/M/2007/80049 , DPG/M/2007/80055 , DPG/M/2007/80056 , DPG/M/2007/80078 , DPG/M/2007/80082 , DARPG/E/2007/02618
Q124. the appeals made to the honourable supreme court of India , copies of which are available at following web pages
what are the status of those appeals ?
Q125. in the media , we have seen reports about judges committing crimes – rape , attempt to murder , swindling government money , untouchability practice , the disrespect to national flag , sale of judicial orders , bail , receipt of monetary gains by way of royalty for books , prime real estate purchase at discounted rate , taking round about long foreign tours along with family in the name of official work , etc. by this way , judges themselves are making contempt of court , constitution of India & citizens of India. How you are protecting the honour of the judiciary , constitution of India & citizens of India ? please answer.
Q126. Is the government giving any facilities / affirmative actions to policemen’s family as being given to defense personnel , ex-servicemen & their families , like preferential site allotment , lpg agency , ration depot , reservation in college admission , soft bank loans , etc ?
Q126. if not , why ? after all , the contribution of police to national security is on par with defense forces.
Q127. is not some high police officials addressing their subordinates in singular term , abusing them with vulgar words wrong ?
Q128. is not some police personnel calling public with singular term, abusing public with vulgar words wrong ?
Q129. is it not the duty of prison authorities to protect the health, lives of prison in-mates ?
Q130.what action is taken against police personnel who wrongly charged an innocent person of criminal acts , resulting in his confinement in jail , finally acquitted by court as found to be innocent ?
Q131. is it not right to with hold salary , gratuity , pension to such guilty police personnel & pay it as compensation to victims of police failures & atrocities ?
Q132. does our Indian constitution legally permit a citizen of foreign origin naturalized by marriage to an Indian or naturalized by option , to occupy any constitutional office ?
Q133. during british rule in india & various other british colonies , criminal cases were foisted against our freedom fighters in India & other british colonies. After india’s independence what happened to those cases ? did our Indian government close all such cases or did it continue with the prosecution ?
Q134. in how many cases GOI & other state government continued with the prosecution AGAINST OUR FREEDOM FIGHTERS ? why ?
Q135. what about the status of cases against shri.netaji subash Chandra bose ?
Q136. has GOI deported any freedom fighters to Britain or it’s colonies , to face prosecution after India gained independence ? HAS GOI RECEIVED ANY REQUEST FROM BRITAIN TO THAT EFFECT ? if yes , why , whom ?
Q.137. the honourable supreme court of India failed provide information to me as per my RTI request appeal no : 91 / 2007 in response to your letter no : F1 / RTI / A.91 / 2007 dt 13.12.07 , why ?
Q138 . the honourable union home secretary failed to give me information as per my rti request , he transferred my application to others , in turn they transferred the application to some others. Finally , complete truthful information was not given , why ? as the union home secretary has got copies of all those replies in response to transferred RTI application , will he send me a consolidated reply to my present RTI request ?
Q139. in a high profile case before the honourable delhi high court , we have seen how defense advocate mr. R.S.ANAND & prosecution advocate mr. I.U.KHAN made a secret pact to win the case in favour of rich criminal , totally manipulating prosecution witnesses , evidences & prosecution stand , totally making mockery of justice system . how you are ensuring the delivery of justice , there being numerous such advocates in practice ?
Q140. Smt. Sonia Gandhi is person of foreign origin , she wields enormous clout more than the Prime Minister himself over the government of India being the chair person of UPA. Is she legally permitted to summon confidential official records , minutes of the cabinet , to hold the cabinet meeting of union ministers ?
Q141. As per law , is she permitted to hold constitutional offices like prime minister of India or president of India , etc ?
Q.142. What are the fundamental rights of a citizen guaranteed under the constitution (Article 21) ?
Q143. What are the privileges conferred on legislators & parliamentarians by the constitution of India?
a) Inside the House b) Outside the House
Q144. What are privileges conferred on constitutional functionaries, like
a) President of India b) Prime Minister of India
c) Chief Justice of India d) Chairman of NHRC
e) Central Vigilance Commissioners.
Q145. Are the privileges legal immunity conferred on above mentioned constitutional functionaries ?
a) Cover all their official actions irrespective of merit.
b) Cover both their official & personal actions.
Q146. Are the privileges defined & codified ?
Q147. Are these privileges above freedom of the press ?
Q148. Are the liberty & fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed by the constitution, above the privileges of the constitutional functionaries or equal or below ?
Q149. Can the Indian legislatures & parliament be equated to the House of commons in England which is considered to be a superior court and court of records ?
Q150. Can the division of powers, namely the legislature, the executive and the Judiciary, be equated to the functioning of the House of commons and House of Lords in England ?
Q151. Can a citizen be said to have committed breach of privilege of the House or court and causing contempt of the house or court by raising the issues of accountability of constitutional functionaries ?
Q152. Can a Legislature or Parliament enact a new law, to circumvent or to nullify the Judicial orders with respect to wrongdoings by peoples representatives & executive ? does not it amount to infringement of Judicial powers & contempt of the court by the House.
Q153. Are the FUNDAMENTAL DUTIES of a citizen more important than constitutional duties of a constitutional functionary or equal in importance to it ?
Q154. Can a constitutional functionary commit crimes, anti-national activities in the name of constitutional duties, behind the legal veil of official’s secret act & go unaccountable for his actions and go unpunished by his legal immunity privileges
Q155. Are the Legislators members of parliament, High court & Supreme court Judges and other constitutional functionaries not willing to codify their privileges for the reason that if codified their privileges would be curtailed and their action would be subjected to legal scrutiny. ?
Q156. By votes of citizens Legislators and parliamentarians get seats in the legislature and Parliament out of tax payer’s money, they get their pay, perks & lead 5-Star luxurious lifestyles. Hence whether a vote of a citizen is above (More valid) or a seat of legislator or parliamentarian is above or more valid in a democracy ?
Q157. Judges & Constitutional functionaries are indirectly appointed by voters / tax payers. Out of tax payers money, they get their pay, perks & lead 5-star luxurious lifestyles. Hence, whether the vote of a citizen, fundamental duties of a tax payer is above (more valid) or a seat of judge / constitutional functionary is above (more
valid) in a democracy ?
Q158. If there is a vacuum in the Legislature or parliament, who is to fill up that vacuum till such time that the legislature or parliament acts provide a solution by performing its role by enacting proper legislation to cover the field (vacuum) ?
Q159. While it is an unhealthy practice for a Judge to claim to be a Judge in his own cause, is it not worse for the members of the legislature and parliament to be judges in their own cause ?
Q160. Are the Technicalities of the case more important to a judge or Justice to a citizen, protection of fundamental rights of citizen.?
Q161. Why not the constitutional functionaries initiate suo moto action with respect to numerous cases of injustices reported in Media ?
Q162. Why not the Judges admit various cases of Injustices affecting public, as the Public Interest Litigation” ? In some cases, the Public or the person representing them is unable to afford the high cost of the case. Why not free legal aid is given ?.
Q163. What is the criteria for admitting a P.I.L. & giving free legal aid ?
Q164. Communication – free flow of information is the lifeline of a democracy. Why the constitutional functionaries are not honouring the Right to Information of Citizens ?
Q165. Recently , while assuming office as honourable chief justice of Karnataka , justice. P.D.DINAKAR , gave a blanket withdrawal of all internal departmental enquiries against approximately 200 judges , is it just & legal ? give me the names of accused judges & description of charges against them ?
Q166. does it not show that judges are more equal than others ?
Q167. who are involved in PF scam ? what action against guilty judges ?
Q168. Why you did not give information to me as per RTI Act inspite of appeal ? refer. F1/RTI/A91/2007.
Q169. Almost a year ago , in the Karnataka state new chief justice of Karnataka high court honble Mr.Dinakar (now elevated to supreme court of India) just on assuming offices within hours scrapped disciplinary inquiry proceedings against 200+ erring judges. In such a short time no human being can study all the cases in detail , then how come he arrived at this vital decision in such short time? Who are those 200+ judges facing enquiry ?
Q170 .Recently in the Karnataka state , high court found out that a district judge without conducting hearings properly , entering fictious dates of hearings (which happens to be government holidays ) facilitated in exonerating a top politician . has the court enquired into the previous judgements of the accussed judge ? did it find any wrongdoings?
Q171. As per law , while on duty a person should not be drunk , under the influence of alchohol , as it limits the functioning of his senses & brain. That is why the acts & sayings of drunkards , committed / said when they are drunk are not taken seriously. However most of the police officers after evening hours are drunk , in that state only they apprehend many suspects & produce those suspects at the residences of magistrates before magistrate during wee hours / night. Some of of the judges are also drunk during that time. Does the senses of drunken police & judges work properly to do their respective duties in identifying criminals , apprehending them & to issue judicial orders. Are these actions of police & judges in drunken state legal ?
Q 172 . What action has been taken in bhopal gas leak case against the guilty police officials who changed the charge sheet against union carbide officials ?
Q 173 . What action has been taken against guilty police officials , district magistrate , state ministers & central ministers who fully aided the criminals – Union Carbide official Mr. Anderson to escape law , to jump bail & flee the country without court’s permission ?
Q 174 . What action has been taken against the above said guilty with respect to their contempt of court & for aiding a criminal to escape ?
Q 175. What action has been taken against the chief justice of India , who changed the legal clause under which the guilty should be tried ? what action has been taken against the CJI who became an official of the trust belonging to the criminal ?
Q 176 . What action has been taken against the Indian Public servant who decided to withdraw cases from US Courts with respect to Bhopal gas tragedy ?
Q 177 . What action has been taken against the state labour department & pollution control board officials who have failed in their duties , inspite of earlier warnings by journalists ?
Q 178 . What action has been taken against state cabinet ministers who decided the quantum of compensation money to favour the criminal although they don’t have right to do so ?
Q 179 . What action has been taken against Presiding Judge of the trial court , Chief Justice of India , state police officials , public prosecutors & Central Bureau of Investigation officials who kept quite all along and didn’t press for the extradition of the criminal Mr.Anderson , for producing the criminal accussed no.1 before the trial court ?
Q 180 . Is it not SHAMEFUL for the judiciary , police , government officials & people’s representatives who became part of Operation Crime Hush Up & aided criminals responsible for ghastly murders of thousands & maiming of lakhs of hapless public in Bhopal Gas Leak Tragedy?
Q 181 . Are these Corrupt Police , corrupt judges , corrupt ministers , corrupt labour / pollution control board officials HUMAN BEINGS ?
Q 182 Why police are not registering my complaint against CJI & other VVIPS ,Even after years ?
Q 183 don’t the police of vijayanagar police station mysore have legal jurisdiction to register the case against these VVIPs ? or just because the criminals happens to be VVIPs ,they are not booked by police? If the said police don’t have legal jurisdiction to book these VVIPs , they should have transferred the complaint to those authorities who have jurisdiction & authority to book & prosecute these VVIPs , but not done so , why ?
Q 184 are not all these actions , of VVIPs & police amounting to cover up of crimes & criminals ? are not these cover ups itself is a crime ?
Q 185. Even an appeal for justice by post card must be treated as PIL by courts of justice . however my appeals for justice concerning public welfare , national security sent through post , e-mail to supreme court of india are not admitted as Public interest litigation , why ? does not these acts of Supreme court amount to aiding criminals , anti nationals?
Q 186 Are not the honourable chief justice of india together with the jurisdictional police & Revenue district magistrate responsible to protect the fundamental & human rights of people ? why the CJI , Mysore DC & Jurisdictional Police have failed to protect the fundamental & human rights of people including mine ? For all the previous injustices I have suffered at the hands of the criminal nexus Honourable CJI , Mysore revenue district magistrate & jurisdictional police are together responsible , if anything untoward happens to me or to my family members or to my dependents the quartet – Honourable Chief Justice of India , Honourable District Magistrate , Mysore , Honourable Police Commissioner of Mysore city & Circle Inspector of police , vijayanagar police station , mysore will be responsible .
These corrupt parasites will feel , understand the pain only when they also suffer in the same manner. Let us pray to almighty – In whose Court of justice MATCH FIXING is not there & every body is equal , let us pray to that god to give these corrupt parasites ghastly deaths nothing less nothing more.
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MPs, MLAs will be ousted soon after conviction in a criminal case: SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court in a landmark verdict on Wednesday ruled that a lawmaker convicted in a criminal case by any court will lose the membership of either Parliament or state Assembly the moment he or she gets convicted. While giving the ruling the apex court also declared Representation of the Peoples Act Section 8(4), which allows a convicted lawmaker to remain in office till the pendency of appeal, as ultra vires. “The only question is about the vires of section 8(4) of the Representation of the Peoples Act (RPA) and we hold that it is ultra vires and that the disqualification takes place from the date of conviction,” a bench of justices AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhaya said.
The verdict made it clear that those who are convicted will be barred from contesting elections. The apex court also sought to remove the discrimination between an ordinary individual and an elected lawmaker who enjoys protection under the Representation of the Peoples Act. ALSO SEE SC bars convicted MPs, MLAs from Parliament and Assemblies Under Sec 8(3) of the RPA, a person convicted of any offence and sentenced to imprisonment for not less than two years shall be disqualified for that and a further six years after release. The following sub-section 8(4) says a lawmaker cannot be disqualified for three months from the conviction and if in that period he or she files an appeal against till its disposal by a higher court. The Election Commission in its reports from time to time has been seeking amendment of the law for removal of the incumbent advantage to elected MPs and MLAs convicted of various offences. The Centre had defended the RPA provision by arguing that disqualifying convicted MPs and MLAs would destabilise governments surviving on a “razor edge thin majority”. Political parties, too, have been resisting change on the ground that ruling dispensations bring false charges out of political vendetta to keep rivals out of election process. Following the verdict, parties will find it difficult to give tickets to tainted individuals and will be forced to look at the possibility of members being convicted at a later stage. Since a clear distinction between facing charge and convicted has been made, the likes of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad and former Haryana chief minister OP Chautala could find the going tough if immediate legal relief is not provided to them. According to the findings of ADR, an NGO, 162 sitting MPs face criminal charges in various cases of which 76 involve offences punishable with imprisonment of more than five years. Similarly, a total of 1,460 MLAs face criminal charges in various courts and 30 per cent of these are punishable with more than five years’ imprisonment. The apex court’s verdict came on petitions filed by a lawyer Lily Thomas and NGO Lok Prahari through its secretary SN Shukla who had sought striking down of provisions of RPA on the ground that they violate certain constitutional provisions which, among other things, expressly put a bar on criminals getting registered as voters or becoming MPs or MLAs. The PILs had said that certain sections of RPA allow convicted lawmakers to continue in office while their appeals are pending and thus those provisions are “discriminatory and encourage criminalisation of politics”. Political parties were guarded in their response. The BJP, Congress and CPI said that such verdicts needed to be studied carefully before any comment could be made. “If you are convicted, you cannot contest elections. However, if you are a sitting MP or MLA, and if your appeal is accepted, then you can retain the position. A lot of questions have been raised on the verdict. Many also termed it discriminatory. The party will comment on this later after studying the court verdict,” said BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad. “We have to see the order on disqualification and decide what to do next,” said Union Telecom Minister and Congress MP Kapil Sibal. On the other hand CPI leader D Raja called it a judgement that will affect the polity of the country. “Political parties need to understand this judgement. They would need to train their members accordingly. This judgement is going to have an impact on the polity of the country. This needs to be studied thoroughly. It’s an important judgement and is bound to have far reaching implications,” he added. Crime & politics (Source: National Election Watch & ADR: 1448 MPs/legislators have criminal cases pending against them. 641 MPs/legislators have ongoing criminal cases like rape, murder etc against them. 6 MPs/legislators have declared rape charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 141 MPs/legislators have declared murder charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 352 MPs/legislators have declared attempt to murder charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 145 MPs/legislators have declared theft charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 90 MPs/legislators have declared kidnapping charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 75 MPs/legislators have declared dacoity charges in the affidavit submitted to the Election Commission. 162 MPs in Lok Sabha have criminal cases pending against them. 75 MPs have serious criminal charges against them.
2G scam: Supreme Court details how Raja ignored all to help cronies
The SC order said quite clearly that then telecom minister A Raja “wanted to favour some companies at the cost of the public exchequer” and lists seven steps he took to ensure this happened. Here are the steps as the SC saw them:
1. After taking over as telecom minister, Raja directed that all applications received for UAS licences should be kept pending till receipt of the Trai’s recommendations
2. The recommendations made by Trai on August 28, 2007, were not placed before the full Telecom Commission which would have included the finance secretary. The notice of the meeting of the Telecom Commission was not given to any of the non-permanent members though Trai’s recommendations for allocation of 2G spectrum had serious financial implications and it was therefore necessary for DoT to take the finance ministry’s opinion under the Government of India (Transaction of Business) Rules, 1961.
3. The DoT officers who attended the Telecom Commission meeting held on October 10, 2007, had no choice but to approve Trai’s recommendations, since they would otherwise have “incurred” Raja’s “wrath”.
4. Since Cabinet had approved recommendations made by the Group of Ministers, the DoT had to discuss the issue of spectrum pricing with the finance ministry. But, since Raja knew that the finance secretary had objected to the allocation of 2G spectrum at rates fixed in 2001, he did not consult the finance minister or other officials.
5. Raja brushed aside the law minister’s suggestion that the matter should be placed before the empowered group of ministers. Also, within hours of the receipt of the suggestion made by the PM in his letter dated November 2, 2007, that keeping in view the inadequacy of spectrum, transparency and fairness should be maintained in allocation of the spectrum, Raja rejected it saying that it would be unfair, discriminatory, arbitrary and capricious to auction spectrum to new applicants because it would not give them a level-playing field. He also introduced a cut-off date of September 25, 2007, for considering applications though only the previous day a DoT press release had said October 1, 2007, would be the last date. This arbitrary action of Raja “though appears to be innocuous was actually intended to benefit some of the real estate firms who did not have any experience in dealing with telecom services and who had made applications only on 24.9.2007, i.e. one day before the cut-off date fixed by the C&IT minister on his own”.
6. The cut-off date of September 25, 2007, decided by Raja on November 2, 2007, was not made public till January 10, 2008, and the first-come-first-served principle followed since 2003 was changed by him at the last moment through a press release dated January 10, 2008. “This enabled some of the applicants, who had access either to the minister or DoT officers, get bank drafts prepared towards performance guarantee of about Rs 1,600 crore”.
7. “The manner in which the exercise for grant of LoIs to the applicants was conducted on 10.1.2008 leaves no room for doubt that everything was stage managed to favour those who were able to know in advance change in the implementation of the first-come-first-served polcy.” As a result, some firms which had submitted applications in 2004 or 2006 were pushed down in the priority and those who had applied between August and September 2007 succeeded.
QUESTIONS FOR MONEY – PARLIAMENTARY ACTS / LEGISLATIONS FOR ???? – improper functioning of democracy in india
The vohra committee report has proved the criminalisation of politics
in india. There are many number of criminals in the parliament & state
legislatures. Some of those criminals are cabinet ministers as well as
members of vital parliamentary committees. Thereby, they are in a
position to manipulate , enact laws favouring , benefitting the
criminals their cronies.
Just see how the GOI gave export incentive of Rs.1800 crore to
reliance petroleum although it didn’t even export a barrel. Reliance
infocom & tata teleservices were CDMA mobile service providers & have
paid license fee of few crores only equal to landline fees without any
competitive bidding . They were supposed to provide mobile service to
operate like fixed phones within a radius of 40k.m. however they were
providing service like mobile service from one state to another like
GSM mobile service providers. By this act of RIC & TTSL , the GSM
providers who have paid thousands of license fee in competitive
bidding were economically hurt , the dispute went to court. The court
was on the verge of pronouncing it’s verdict awarding damages worth
Rs.18000 crore to GSM players & Rs. 3000 crore of license fees with
penalty to GOI. The government announced a unified telecom license
regime with retrospective effect. Thereby, the GOI lost thousands of
crores of rupees & the share holders of GSM players lost thousands of
crores. Onceagain the RIC was charged by PSU bsnl THAT RELIANCE IS
RE-ROUTING INTERNATIONAL CALLS AS LOCAL CALLS & SWINDLING THE GOI.
This time too, GOI bailed it out. during the dispute between ambani
brothers the younger ambani mr. Anil ambani director of reliance
himself has stated that for the favours received from the GOI , the
company gifted some shares to then IT &
COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER mr.Pramod mahajan. Various indian &
multinational companies are lootingindian exchequer to the tune of
thousands of crores of rupees , through lobbying / bribing.
In india, indirect democracy is the form of governance. In this form,
people’s representatives are bound to raise the questions , issues
concerning their constituents on their behalf , on the floor of the
house. However the sad part in india even after 58 years of democracy
, is the lobbying is at it’s peak. The lobbying is a gentleman’s white
collared crook’s way of forming favour seeker’s group , creating a
corpus to pay lumpsum bribe & influencing decision making. The
people’s representatives are bound to represent their people first ,
then their party & party think tanks. India has come to this sorry
state of affairs , widespread corruption , huge black economy &
rampant poverty, all due to inefficient legislations & enforcements.
These think tanks & IAS lobby, consider themselves as most super
brains on earth & gives out suggestions . the present state of affairs
is a barometer of their brilliance. These think tanks & IAS lobby are
the hand maidens of lobbyists / bribers.
When everybody else does the mistake , wrong doing , indulges in corruption , judiciary alone must be pure like virgin to punish & guide the wrong doers. Now , the apex court of the land & the highest judicial officer of the land , the conscience keeper , protector of rights , Constitutional guardian of the land – The Honourable Chief Justice of India himself Has been found guilty . SHAME SHAME.
Nowadays , we are seeing criminalization of politics , judiciary & police. The rowdy elements have become MLAs & MPs & frequestly indulge in fisticuffs , vulgar abuses in the precincts of the house itself . These rowdy elements take money for asking questions in the parliament , to vote for bills & for a price pass legislations favouring lobbies of rich crooks. The police frame , torture innocents & let out rich crooks for a price . For a price police destroy evidences , records and create fake records , evidences. Finally there are judges who issue arrest warrants , give bail , give acquittal & pass favourable judgements ALL FOR A PRICE . SHAME SHAME . These corrupt judges , police , MPs , MLAs each take salary & perks far exceeding lakhs per annum , but serve rich crooks instead of Indian Public. These corrupt are parasites & deadlier , state enemies than naxalites , terrorists. Democracy in our country , our hard won national independence is endangered by these parasites , corrupt judges , police & people’s representatives only. These parasites themselves are responsible for origin & growth of naxalism / terrorism in india .
These corrupt parasites will feel , understand the pain only when they also suffer in the same manner. Let us pray to almighty – In whose Court of justice MATCH FIXING is not there & every body is equal , let us pray to that god to give these corrupt parasites ghastly deaths nothing less nothing more.
Legislate LOKPAL Bill
With whole hearted respects to the parliament & all constitutional bodies , hereby we are appealing to the honest few in public service , honest few in parliament , honest few in judiciary & honest few in police , to legally prosecute their corrupt colleagues , to legislate “ LOKPAL BILL” with full powers to enforce accountability of all public servants , MPs , MLAs , Police , etc to the citizens of india.
Citizens of india are supreme in democratic republic of india. parliament , MPs , MLAs are creations of citizens and are subservient , subordinate to the citizens of india. Creations cann’t be supreme than the creator.
Vohra committee has officially acknowledged the criminalization of politics , parliament , legislatures. The politicians crave for power because , while in power investigating / prosecuting agencies will be under their control / influence and they can manipulate the legal process , WHITE WASHING all their crimes. Just see , recently union home minister Mr.Chidambaram influencing the delhi police for closing a cheating case against a builder by forcing the police to file “B” report. Politicians stoop low to such levels , to make money Ex : irregularities in purchase of coffins meant for kargil martyrs , allotment of flats meant for war widows , war veterans at Mumbai.
If proper accountability of public servants is legally enacted, independence , autonomy of judiciary & police is legally enacted , then those in power cann’t WHITE WASH their own crimes. That is the reason many political parties are opposing “LOKPAL BILL” since decades under many pretexts.
Subject to conditions , I do offer my services to the government of india & supreme court of india , to legally apprehend CRIMINALS , CORRUPT PUBLIC SERVANTS , ARE YOU READY ?
By Ashutosh Sinha
Special to India Resource Center
September 30, 2002
Not many in India might have actually seen the field gun from Bofors AB, either standing sentinel on the borders or in operation. The guns played a key role in the skirmishes at Kargil in 1999. The same anonymity does not hold good for Xerox, which has now entered the dictionary as a verb in its own right for photocopying documents.
Since its name has become synonymous with the allegations of kickbacks, few companies would like to be compared with Bofors. But since the deal was a big commercial success for arms dealers, some companies would, perhaps, be tempted to employ the same tactics as the Bofors middlemen.
The Swedish firm Bofors AB allegedly paid Rs.640 million ($13 million) in bribes to middlemen to get the contracts for the deal signed in 1986. Nearly a decade later, Enron India spent US$ 20 million in “educating” Indian bureaucrats about the role of private companies in power generation, an euphemism for bribes. Two telecom companies, Essar and Swisscom, were alleged to have paid a former minister, Sukh Ram, a hefty amount during early 1996 to help change the original license conditions, which it had signed with the Department of Telecommunications. There was no case against Sukh Ram, simply because this deal was never investigated.
Significantly, none of the allegations made above have yet been proven in a court of law.
Xerox India was treading on familiar path, something which its US headquarters got to know later. According to the parent company’s own admission, which emerged during its audit, it paid over $600,000 as bribes to various government employees to win contracts. In essence, the modus operandi was just a ‘photocopy’ of the way some other companies operate.
Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), it is a serious criminal offence for a US company to pay bribes in a foreign country to obtain contracts. Being managed by the BK Modi group, one of Indias oldest family run business empires, at the time when the bribes were paid, it is now like a sword hanging at the neck of Xerox. The BK Modi group has denied having paid any bribes. Xerox Modicorp Limited (as the company is now called) completes 19 years in India this September. It changed its name from Modi Xerox Limited to Xerox Modicorp Limited in 2000.
The Indian government was quick to order an inquiry. A promise that accompanied the order was that the inquiry would be completed in two weeks. Over a month later, the two weeks are not yet over. Now, the million-dollar question – for a company that calls itself ‘The Document Company’ – is there enough documentary evidence to prosecute the company?
The Department of Company Affairs (DCA), the arm of the government that wields the stick to ensure that companies meet their stated objectives and do not dupe the shareholders, is looking into the details. Xerox was not duping shareholders, much the same way as the military hardware company AB Bofors. Both were, in fact, trying to reward their shareholders by giving the extra edge to their sales team by “taking care” of those taking a final decision on the purchase of their products. DCA is still not sure whether the bribes were actually paid or if the amount was pocketed by Modi or his men.
There is a stark difference between the two cases, though. Bofors is a European company, Xerox an American. Their products are proverbially as different as chalk and cheese – one sold military hardware, the other office automation products. While the Bofors payoffs involved the government official right at the top in the government, the Xerox payoffs appear to have been made to the operations level people in government. Besides, the nature of arms deals is such that the best deal has to be sewn in one shot. Office automation products are regularly purchased by companies and governments. So, if a few people can be identified, their palms can be greased regularly to put the product. The agents who helped Bofors are still trying to block investigations and any information into their money laundering. The amount involved in the Xerox case is far smaller.
Xerox, however, does deserve a pat on the back for having the courage to admit the payoffs in public.
There are some parallels between the two companies. Bofors money found its way to exotic places that you would find difficult to locate on the world map – Luxembourg, Bahamas, Liechtenstein, Channel Islands. The Xerox India payoffs did not have such exotic addresses. Two of the companies to which payments were made had slum areas of Delhi as their addresses while two others were located in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
While the Bofors deal had strong political linkages, there is talk of the involvement of a Samajwadi Party politician, who has interests in the paper business, in the Xerox case. That allegation is yet to be probed, though.
AE Services, Svenska, Lotus, Tulip and Mont Blanc are some of the names of bank accounts that are associated with the alleged Bofors payoffs. The money has gone into a variety of accounts before disappearing various pockets. Officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India’s premier investigating agency, suspect that these people include the late Win Chadha, an Italian called Ottavio Quattrochchi and the Hinduja brothers. If the Xerox India deal had been bigger, with international ramifications, it would not have chosen names like Charu Paper Ltd., Chadha Paper Ltd., Pioneer Enterprises and Elite Commercial Services.
At the time when these bribes were paid, the company was controlled by the BK Modi group, which owned majority shares in the joint venture. When Xerox acquired control of the company (it now owns 68 per cent while BK Modi controls 28 per cent in the joint venture) in 2000, it ordered an inspection of the books by the audit firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which raised disturbing questions. The audit firm said that it was not sure the organizations existed and, if they did, who owns or controls them. BK Modi Group has interests in telecom, entertainment and manufacturing.
Xerox has over 50 per cent market share in photocopiers in India. 1998 was a landmark year for the photocopier industry. Of the estimated 40,000 machines sold that year, an estimated 27,000 were Xerox machines. However, that was an aberration and nearly 30,000 machines are sold in the market each year at present. Nearly 60 per cent of the sales are made to government organisations.
Incidentally, the bribes are alleged to have been paid in 1998 and 1999. In 1998, the 15-year tie-up between Modis and Xerox ended. Xerox had entered India after a tie up with the BK Modi Group and Modi Xerox Limited was incorporated in 1983.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC), which had looked into the Bofors deal before CBI started its investigations of bribery charges, had similarly not given a clean chit to the Rajiv Gandhi government. The government survived the day but since then, the Congress party has never won a majority in the Indian Parliament. Bofors has also entered India’s political lexicon as a synonym for bribery.
DCA officials are tight-lipped about the direction in which their Xerox investigation is meandering. These are just four names that have tumbled out of the closet. Reports suggest that it is a web of 85 companies through which payments have been made. The challenge before DCA is to verify whether payments were made to individuals in the government or did some officials of Modi Xerox (as the company was then called) pocket the money.
While it is still to be established where the money actually went, DCA officials admit in private that siphoning money out of the company is a routine affair. Just like every official worth his salt in the CBI knows that big arms deals do have an element of an underhand deal.
Since payoffs are now a part of business, this is where the interest of the average person comes in. Hapless investors have seen scores of cases where the companies get sick and promoters healthier by the day.
For all the arms deal that have happened in India, whose defence spending is over US$ 14 billion every year, only one case has been brought to light. None have been prosecuted. Of nearly 7,000 publicly listed companies in India, a little over 2,000 actively trade on the Bombay Stock Exchange. The rest are companies which have turned sick, while some of their promoters get healthier.
Radia lobbied to get Raja telecom ministry
Union Communications Minister A. Raja has been caught on tape lobbying with a corporate PR agent for a place in the Manmohan Singh cabinet during the second term of the UPA.
Headlines Today is in exclusive possession of taped conversations between Raja and powerful corporate lobbyist Nira Radia just days before the swearing-in of the cabinet.
The conversations, which were recorded by investigators for the income tax department, raise serious issues about ministerial propriety.
The income tax sleuths had sought permission to tap the telephone of Radia, who was being investigated by the CBI and the income tax department in the telecom spectrum scam.
Radia is one of India’s most influential power-brokers and has the biggest corporates of India as clients.
These conversations were recorded over 300 days, starting from August 20, 2008. Raja was lobbying hard to become the next telecom minister and was being helped in this endeavour by Radia.
Here are excerpts from a conversation recorded on May 24, 2009 at 11.05 am.
Raja: My name is cleared?
Radia: Yeah, your case was cleared last night itself. No, what is happening with Daya?
Raja: Textiles or fertilisers?
Radia: Not for Daya though, Azhagiri or Daya only one can come in?
Raja: No, two can come…
Radia: Baalu, will be the problem, I hope.
Radia: It will be difficult for the leader to justify three family members.
Raja: (laughs) Yeah, but everybody knows…
Radia: No she said that, Kani told me last night, that is what her father told her yesterday, that for him to justify three family members would be very difficult; he recognises that problem…
Raja: Let us see what we can do…let us fight.
This was how Radia informed Raja that his name had been cleared for the telecom minister’s post. The conversation had been recorded just four days before Raja’s name was officially announced as the UPA’s telecom minister.
So how does a corporate lobbyist get to know who is getting which portfolio? And why was Raja discussing portfolios with a corporate lobbyist?
Not just Raja, the tapes have Radia talking to DMK chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi as well.
In these conversations, Kanimozhi – referred to as Kani – is heard telling Radia that the DMK must get the telecom portfolio. Here are excerpts from the conversation recorded on May 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm.
Radia: PM has already clarified that the deal has not been done. They are still in the middle of discussing it.
Kani: They’ve already promised to give us telecom…but it cannot become that they shift…
Kani: They have already told us that they will give us telecom. Now it shouldn’t be given to him because he’s going around planting stories.
Radia: He’s planting it on all the channels while you were on the plane.
Kani: Ya I know that.
Radia: But Kanni, the PM has just made a statement that I have no problems with Raja and Baalu and they are my esteemed colleagues.
Kani: He can make a statement. But whoever’s going to come and talk to dad shouldn’t talk otherwise.. See what people say outside and what actually they mean is different… And all of us know that in politics.
Not just telecom, Radia and Kanimozhi had a long conversation about who is getting what portfolio. What was surprising is that Radia seemed to know exactly what is happening and who was getting which portfolio.
Here are more excerpts from the conversations:
Radia: Kani there’s feedback from the Congress. They say we recognise that the problem with the DMK is an internal problem. It’s a problem between the family. It’s a problem between their own people. They have given us a list of five people. This is not acceptable to us.
Radia: It is for them to resolve. We have told them what is the best that we can do.
Kani: Three and four…
Radia: We appreciate that the dialogue has broken down but it is not for us to get back to them. As far as we are concerned, Maran has been calling Ghulam Nabi Azad on the half hour demanding all sorts of things and they have told him that there is no point in you calling us.
Kani: But what is the demand he’s got.
Radia: He has been making the same demands that you give us five portfolios or we will not join or give us railways, otherwise he has also demanded coal and mines. So they are saying as far as we are concerned this is an internal DMK problem. It has nothing to do with the Congress at all. They have taken a decision that it is for Karuna to decide who he wants and who he doesn’t want in the formula. That has been provided to him. It’s up to Karuna to decide but they feel that there are far too many people calling him including Maran.
The question is, is it proper for a senior leader of the DMK and a minister in the past UPA government to be talking to a known corporate lobbyist? Why is it that the lobbyist seems to know everything about the allocation of portfolios, and long before the information is made public?
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