One wonders how could such unethical practices go on in the cricketing world without the knowledge of BCCI and IPL team owners.They should all be put under CBI radar. The politicians, businessmen heading the two sports bodies and their corrupt officials must be forced to resign for their incompetence and ineffective monitoring.Instead of owning their responsibilities, they are indulging in blame games.
The Law minister ,Kapil Sibal, insists on bringing new Bill to fight betting in sports as though this is the  panacea for all evils. Despite several laws, murders  and rapes have not stopped. Delhi’s Police Commissioner takes pride in trumpeting his achievement as though he has caught three dreaded terrorists. Does he hold similar press conferences when children and women are raped in Delhi with uncanny regularity.
And, why does  the union Home Minister shower accolades on him for the job he is supposed to perform, any way.

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As per common perception, while, Manmohan Singh is the de jure head of GOI, Sonia Gandhi continues to be its de facto CEO occupying the only power centre in the present dispensation. As undisputed leader of the Indian national Congress, she deftly controls all Ministers as also the permanent Executive of the union of India, but,  without an iota of accountability. The Congressmen shudder to stand before her. Is this not due to her charismatic (Read as authoritarian ) personality? Against this background, why should she need the tag of Nehru-Gandhi dynasty? Unfortunately, she listens to her “Chaatukars” and treats  her detractors as enemies.This is inadviseable.

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Constituting a GOM for bringing autonomy to CBI is a charade of GOI (Read as the Congress party). It would be appropriate to call for an all parties meeting to deliberate upon the draft Bill.The Congress cannot decide unilaterally on this sensitive matter in the context of severe indictment by the Supreme court calling the CBI as a caged parrot.The Congress should feel ashamed of it and advise Digvijay Singh to shut up and not cast aspersions on SC’s wisdom.The Congress must also stop deciding cases on political considerations. Who prevented the CBI from going slow in pursuing DA cases against Mayavati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav? They are all extending outside support to the Congress-led UPA-II. A CBI-designated court exonerated former Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in a DA case. Despite the CBI having a strong case against him, the law ministry did now allow the CBI to appeal. Also, the CBI cannot initiate investigations against a government officer of the rank of Joint Secretary and above without the concurrence of the Central government. There are 30 such cases pending with the GOI. Even for prosecution, the CBI needs to seek GOI’s permission . A CBI officer cannot go out of India for investigations without the permission of the Central government. Investigators need to travel in today’s world, even if only to track black money or unaccounted money in foreign banks. The CBI needed to chase Quattrocchi, once the prime accused in the Bofors case. The law ministry recommended closure of the case, because the investigations could not be completed due to political interferences. Quattrocchi escaped in the process.There was deliberate delay in MOF in sanctioning the foreign tour of CBI team.The case was closed.

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The DNAs of dalits and non-dalits,are made of same nucleotides.What hurts me is the discriminatory privileges permanently reserved for one category in the name of “Affirmative Action”. This creates heart burnings and helps Indian politicians to exploit caste-based vote banks. Let us make a beginning by abolishing the menace of casteism in a phased manner. For instance,instead of thinly spreading the benefits of reservation in SC/ST categories across the board, it would be meaningful to focus these to the really disadvantaged groups at the lower echelons by extending the principle of creamy layer to SC/ST categories,too .

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WHILE GOING TO THE UNION ACADEMY ,NEW DELHI IN CLASS 5, I PAID BRIBE TO TRAFFIC CONSTABLE, MANY TIMES OVER FOR DOUBLE RIDINGS ON A RICKETY BICYCLE. THERE WAS NO ANTI-GRAFT MOVEMENT THEN. WE DID NOT KNOW THAT BRIBE GIVING WAS AS MUCH A SIN AS BRIBE TAKING. THAT WAS AGE OF INNOCENCE. ESCAPING SHARP EYE OF TRAFFIC CONSTABLE WAS CONSIDERED AN ACHIEVEMENT.

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GOI announcing end of face-off with withdrawal of forces by India and China from Daulat Beg Oldi sector in Ladakh, is fallacious.How could India withdraw from its own territory?If India’s sovereignty does not extend to DBO sector,how could we treat this as Chinese incursion? This is not a victory of Indian diplomacy but capitulation.

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BJP’s offer for supporting the Congress sponsored Food Security Bill in return for sacking its Coal and Law ministers, shows former’s impish humour.While the Railgate is a scam, the proposed Food security Bill will promote corruption and enhance inflation.How could GOI turn a blind eye to C&AG critique of MNREGA? How will funds be raised to operationalise the scheme,perceived by the Congress as its game changer?

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The attempt by a Delhi Police SHO at bribing parents of a 5 year old rape victim in return for not filing the FIR, an ACP slapping girl protestors in Delhi and the Supreme court’s strictures of “ Delhi Police having gone berserk”, have jolted the conscience of every thinking indian.The insensitive and rapacious Central and State Police forces with exploitative lethargy, have failed to discharge their legitimate duties.They do it only when paid, what is euphemistically called the “Speed Money”. Police is a State subject.Here are some suggestions to overcome the problem. (a) Filling of vacancies at officers level and lower cadres,on fast track basis; (b) Restricting security covers to VVIPs excluding the ineligibles , extra-Constitutional and private persons; (c) Bringing pressures through political interference in service matters must attract conduct rules for defaulters.This is never done,at present; (d ) DCPs, ACPs and SHOs must be held personally responsible for failure of law and order machinery. They must be show-caused for their failures and appropriate penalties imposed for dereliction of duties; (e)Policing the police by strengthening preventive vigilance and speeding up disciplinary proceedings against the corrupt is necessary; (f ) Installing CCTVs at all police stations to be monitored by seniors; (g) Corruption in Police starts with the ‘duty officers’ for resisting registration of FIRs. Refusal against registration of FIRs , must attract severe punishment on defaulters in terms of Supreme court’s directions as reproduced in MHA’s circular; (h) Uplifting the investigative and crowd management skill of policemen and expose them to gender sensitization. (i) Withdrawing services of all constable and orderlies deployed by senior police officers for performing domestic chores. This is a legacy from colonial rule.

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Recent incidents in Delhi Police like : The SHO bribing daily wager parents of a 5 year old rape victim for not filing FIR, mass transfer of DCPs, the Supreme court while taking suo motu cognizance of an ACP slapping a girl in the outrage against 5 year old’s rape, being forced to observe that “ Delhi Police has gone berserk” are shocking and have jolted the conscience of every Indian. The insensitive and rapacious Delhi Police (reporting to MHA and LG ) richly endowed with exploitative lethargy, has failed to discharge even its legitimate duties.They do it only when paid, what is euphemistically called the ‘speed money.’ Corruption in DP is not considered ‘anti-social’ but a way of life. One wonders whether India could ever be cleansed. The present system does not focus on individual accountability. The problem is “intra- Delhi Police” due to its unholy nexus with the political, business and criminal class. “Duty Officer” is the starting point of corruption. Despite MHA’s orders, registration of FIRs is invariably resisted by SHOs, SIs/ASI’s, all acting as “dalals”. Investigations are carried out by SIs who are liable to be influenced.The beat constables maintain close links with criminals disguised as “Informers”.The criminals roam freely and browbeat the innocents . They extract protection money from unauthorized encroachers, extortionists, illegaltransporters, builders et al to pay haftas to their “Mai Baap”. Decriminalise DP and upgrade its professional skill, things will fall in line. Its Grievance redressal and the justice delivery mechanism are slow. As a result, the aam aadmi is usually at the receiving end of police apathy. How to overcome the problem? Solutions :-- (a)Fast track filling of vacancies in Delhi Police; (b) Restrict security covers to genuine VVIPs excluding fake VIPs, ineligibles,extra-Constitutional persons; (c) Size of security covers to be truncated; (d)Additional re-deployment of forces for guarding security of general public; (e) Insulate the police from political interferences; (f)Instil fear of police into criminal minds by breaking their nexus; (g) Officers of Delhi Police like DCPs, ACPs and SHOs must be held personally responsible for failure of law and order machinary and discharge of legitimate duties; (h)Policing the police is impotant by strengthening preventive vigilance and speeding up disciplinary proceedings ; (i) Instal CCTVs at all police stations to be constantly monitored by DCPs concerned; (j)Penalties for non-registration of FIRs must be invoked; (k ) The public, as stake holders, must be associated with performance appraisal of Delhi Police; ( l) For political interferences in service matters, conduct rules must be invoked; (m)Upgradation of minimum educational qualification for recruitment of constables from 10+2 to graduation will improve the investigative skill and professionalism of DP officers; (n) What is the propriety of utilising the services of constable /orderlies on domestic chores ? Some IPS officers of DP ,with colonial mindsets ,are reportedly having as many as 8 to 10 orderlies (some taken from para-military forces) deployed on domestic duties. Is this justified against the present shortage of manpower in DP? Let a beginning be made from Delhi and experiences replicated elsewhere.

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The CBI’s coalgate fiasco in sharing the draft affidavit with the Law minister, the two Law officers and one Joint Secretary each from M/ Coal and PMO, could be a watershed moment for the anti-graft movement in the country.The court may consider it appropriate to lay down ground rules for infusing independence and functional autonomy into the CBI. It could lay down ground rules for the CBI’s functioning, in future.For the present misdemeanours, the SC could summon the Law minister, the two Law officers and two Joint Secretaries belonging to M/ coal and the PMO and record their statements. One possibility is that notices could be issued to them. It could also punish Director,CBI for his “sharing blunder” in contravention of Supreme court’s directions.This attracted contempt of court proceedings. It could also give due credit to DCBI for acknowledging ( in the affidavit) that the draft report was shared with the political executive and others, “as desired”, before submission to the court. Bureaucrats allowed themselves to be misused and abused as conduits,ostensibly for out-of-turn favours in their careers. This was a breach of Apex court’s directions.The Opposition holds enough ammunitions for slamming the ruling dispensation. The undertaking by Dir ,CBI that it would not be sharing the affidavit, in future, could be institutionalized as general practice despite implementational problems. All things considered, the above views are within the realms of possibility. Considering the Congress’s adamence and confrontationist approach, the defaulters could be let off with simple warnings and advisories with no sacking ,as demanded by the Opposition. The World would be earnestly watching Supreme court’s pro-activism in the case. Justice Markandey Katju is conspicuous by his silence.This is indeed baffling. What do you feel ,does the future hold for India? Will the entire sequence pass off as a Non-event ?

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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