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Jul 27, 2011 JPC begins quizzing former Telecom Secretary: "A V Gokak, who served as Telecom Secretary between November 1996 and August 1998, appeared before the JPC headed by Congress leader P C Chacko in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam. "
Jul 27, 2011 Behura names RBI governor in 2G case: "Behura was arrested on February 2, 2011 for his alleged involvement in the 2G scam. Under the first charge sheet filed in April 2, he is accused of committing criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct by a public servant."
Jul 27, 2011 Govt responsible for 2G mess, didn't listen: Behura: "jailed former telecom secretary Siddhartha Behura said Wednesday, accusing the powers that be of not listening when he raised an objection."
Jul 27, 2011 Raids carried out in premises of former TN intelligence chief: "Sleuths of directorate of vigilance and anti-corruption (DVAC) wing on Tuesday conducted raids at 10 places in the city including additional director general of police (ADGP) Jaffer Sait, who was holding key post as the state intelligence wing chief in the previous regime. Cops have raided the houses following irregularities in the TNHB housing allotment scheme."
Jul 26, 2011 Raid on former TN intelligence chief Jaffar: "A team from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption conducted the raid."
Jul 25, 2011 Poor economics: "This is not only absurd but is a lie given the mega scams that this neo-liberal trajectory has facilitated. There is no dearth of resources; there is a dearth of political will to take on the corrupt politician-bureaucrat-businessmen nexus that is looting these resources."
Jul 24, 2011 India marks watershed economic reforms anniversary: "bribery remains rife in the 1.2-billion-strong nation, particularly in government offices with officials seeking money for everything from school entrance to marriage certificates, and the economic boom has bypassed hundreds of millions of Indians. Some 42 percent of the population, or 455 million people, still live on less than $1.25 a day, according to the World Bank. Statistics on health, infant deaths and malnutrition are worse than those for some countries in sub-Saharan Africa."
Jul 22, 2011 Only bureaucrats, politicians gain from quotas: SC
Jul 21, 2011 After land, mining scams here comes R 750 cr Tatra truck kickback case: "Top officials of BEML Limited, a Bangalore-based company, and the defence ministry have siphoned off at least Rs 750 crore in bribes and commissions over the past 14 years in the purchase of components for Tatra trucks, backbone of the army's artillery and transportation wings."
Jul 20, 2011 Part of judiciary in question vis-à-vis corruption: CPI (M): "Claiming that the corruption is a nexus between politicians, bureaucrats and influential businessmen, the Communist Party of India (M) on Wednesday demanded establishment of judicial commission to probe the corruption in the judiciary, besides the empowerment of state accountability and information commissions."
Jul 20, 2011 Vigilance submits status report in HC over pulses scam: "The Orissa Vigilance Directorate has submitted a status report in the High Court on its probe into the multi-crore pulses scam, saying pecuniary advantages to the tune of nearly Rs 20 crore were made by government officials by showing undue favours to traders."
Jul 16, 2011 Explain Cabinet Secy's appointment: SC to Maya: "Singh quit following accusations of his involvement in the multi-crore kidney racket,", "Mayawati will now have to answer several important questions including how can she keep the post of Cabinet Secretary simply to oblige her most trusted official?"
Jul 12, 2011 Former Lucknow CMO arrested for financial embezzlement: "After being taken to task by the court for not acting transparently, the Lucknow police swung into action and arrested state's former chief medical officer AK Shukla for his alleged involvement in the financial irregularities in the state health department."
Jul 10, 2011 Graft stink mars search for RGUHS Vice-Chancellor: "In all probability, the sixth Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) will be appointed on Monday in the backdrop of some of the ‘strong’ aspirants facing graft charges. Curiously, though, the Governor’s office has forwarded their names to the search panel apparently without checking their antecedents."
Jul 9, 2011 Now, The Oil Stain - By exposing its lesser arm, is the petromin hiding bigger sins?: "“If the CBI does file an FIR indicating DGH links with RIL, then the conglomerate could become a co-accused.”`, `The private sector nexus with the ministry is so strong that many former officials have joined petro companies over the years, some as reward for special ‘favours’. The rot is not restricted to the ministry as the CBI found, with as many as seven officials in the DGH—from a geologist and geophysicist to financial officers—working against the country’s interests. Considering that DGH officials are on deputation from various PSUs, this is indicative of the spreading cancer of corruption."
Jul 9, 2011 Mumbai I-T Commissioner takes bribe, arrested: "accepting a bribe of Rs 2.2 lakh from a complainant seeking a closure report on a file. The CBI has said that the bribe was taken through a chartered accountant."
Jul 8, 2011 Punishing corrupt ministers and other high state officials
Jul 8, 2011 2G scam: Former TRAI chairman quizzed by JPC
Jul 7, 2011 Anonymous website takes no prisoners on 2G scam: "Power of having big “Surname” in India like Tata, Birla and Ambani — says the recent scams in India not only talk about the free loot of scarce resources, but also show the power of belonging to a wealthy family. “It seems that India has been taken over by corrupt politicians in alliance with corrupt bureaucrats and businessmen,” it says. “A number of PSUs (Balco, VSNL, Modern Food, Hindustan Teleprinters, etc) have been divested at throwaway prices. Since liberalisation, a few industrial houses managed by people having big surnames have grown exceptionally by exploiting India’s scarce resources, be it mines, oil, land, ports or spectrum, in alliance with the political masters.”"
Jul 6, 2011 2G scam: JPC to start quizzing telecom secretaries: "The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probing the 2G spectrum allocation scam will start questioning from tomorrow former telecom secretaries including Siddharth Behura who is currently lodged in Tihar Jail, and ex-chiefs of TRAI."
Jul 6, 2011 File case against NLC Chief: CBI Court: "directed the CBI to register a case on a complaint against Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) chairman and managing director AR Ansari, which alleged that he had caused heavy loss to the exchequer and the NLC to the tune of Rs 10,000 crores."
Jul 6, 2011 Sachan behind CMO Singh's murder: chargesheet: "police said Singh threatened to file cases against Sachan if he was not given a share in the spoils."
Jul 6, 2011 Give us back our red beacons, say officers: "The traffic police have, over the last month, prosecuted at least 35 government officials sporting beacon lights, a privilege they say only a few people enjoy in the state machinery.", "The desire to reclaim the red beacon light, often perceived as a status symbol, is limited to not just Revenue officials, but prevails across government departments.""
Jul 6, 2011 CWG scam: HC dismisses bail plea of Kalmadi's close aide: "The Delhi high court on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of former RPT former CWG Organising Committee Secretary General Lalit Bhanot, accused of favouring a Swiss firm in a contract that led to a loss of over Rs 90 crore to the exchequer."
Jul 4, 2011 Four Tihar officials suspended for bending rules for Kalmadi
Jul 2, 2011 High tea lands Tihar Jail superintendent in Andaman: "Inspecting trial court judge Brijesh Kumar Garg on Thursday found S C Bharadwaj sipping tea and munching snacks in his chamber with sacked CWG Suresh Kalmadi."
Jul 2, 2011 Tread with care: "Post-retirement assignments are already making news among the babus."
Jul 1, 2011 Sleuths book former oil cop: "The CBI today registered a case against V.K. Sibal, former director-general of hydrocarbons, for granting favours to a US-based firm engaged in seismic exploration, which resulted in a loss of Rs 400 crore to the government."
Jul 1, 2011 CBI books former DGH chief for Rs 400 crore scam: "CBI on Friday raided 15 premises, including those belonging to V K Sibal -- former head of the oil ministry's regulatory arm for exploration companies -- and the Indian subsidiary of a US survey firm after registering a case alleging nexus in awarding contracts."
Jun 30, 2011 FIR against 20 engineers as new bridges collapse: "six newly built bridges over the rivers passing through the district were washed away during the first downpour this season"
Jun 29, 2011 Over 120 central govt officials under CVC scanner: "Railway ministry topped the list with 23 officials under CVC scanner, 17 are from DoT, 12 from Bureau of Indian Standards, seven from Central Board of Excise and Customs, six each from DDA and MCD among others,"
Geneva flats and flower stall in IAS officers' assets: "another's family has two flats in Geneva, still others own agricultural land and one has a flower stall. This–and some totally illegible handwriting–is what you get when you surf through the details of immovable assets declared by Maharashtra's babus."
Price on former JPSC member - Reward for information on accused: "The state vigilance bureau is set to announce a reward for information that could lead to the arrest of former Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) member Gopal Prasad Singh, who has been on the run for more than a year now after being implicated in the illegal appointments scam.", "The former member of JPSC has been accused of misusing his office to get both his sons — Kundan Kumar Singh and Rajnish Kumar — appointed to the state finance and administrative services respectively in the second civil services exams conducted in 2007-08. Both his sons were later sacked on the orders of the state government. Others favoured by Singh include Shivendra, a relative, who was appointed as a deputy SP along with eight sons and daughters of his close friends.""
Sachan-Shukla link: UP CMO may be arrested
Charges Against Dayal a Law Enforcement Matter: US: "In a case filed in a New York court, Santosh Bhardwaj, who earlier worked as a maid for Dayal, alleged that her former employer treated her like a slave,"
The Registration Department – Not ready to stamp out corruption!: "Here is the modus operandi. Bribes are typically asked for directly for the ‘smooth functioning of the processes’. If not, they are tagged under the bracket of ‘facilitation fees’ or ‘mandatory amount’. With a lawyer/builder-registrar nexus in place, this process is more standardized! The lawyer or the builder gives you a letter with the break-up of the amount to be paid for the registration. There is a column titled ‘Miscellaneous’ under which the bribe amount is openly accepted. Additionally, there are pre-fixed amounts which the buyer is directly asked for as the registration amount. When there is a lawyer involved in the process, bribes are even accepted under the column of ‘advocate fees’ or ‘legal fees’ (Box 3). Regardless of the trend, the sub registrar never accepts bribes openly. The transaction takes place through office boys, clerks or a pre-decided settlement between the lawyers/ builders and registrars. Sharing the booty –The transfer industry: But then, how are the profits of this flourishing industry distributed amongst its shareholders? For one thing, the profits are specific to offices, with the most lucrative profits being drawn from city offices. Bangalore is evidently a good place to be posted to! We then filed an RTI application seeking details of transfers in the department as follows: The details of all transfers in the department since 2004-05 to date The details of all recommendations made by MLAs, MPs, ministers recommending the transfers of officials."
Indian Consul General slapped with forced-labour suit in US: "Prabhu Dayal, the Indian Consul General in New York, has been accused of treating a former domestic help as a slave and making sexual advances, charges rejected by him as ''complete nonsense''."
Civil servants delay decision-making due to fear of corruption scandals: "at least a half-a-dozen senior civil servants confessed they feel very vulnerable, forcing them to stall decision-making just to prevent any blame falling on them"
CBI Files Initial Report on RRDA Irregularities
CBI sees unholy nexus: "The CBI today furnished a confidential report before Jharkhand High Court confirming illegal nexus between Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) officials and city builders."
Orissa stalls RTI queries on babus: "The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government in Orissa has declined to give information on why it has been sitting on cases of corruption lodged against top government officials by the vigilance department. In response to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act posed by HT on May 25, the government argued disclosure of the information “won’t serve larger public interest”.", "the vigilance department had registered corruption cases against 26 Indian Administrative Service (IAS), two Indian Police Service (IPS) and 13 Indian Forest Service (IFS) officers"
FIR against 9 jail officials: "An internal inquiry team has been set up to check the nexus between the inmates and the jail officials."
CREDAI blames BBMP of corruption
Top bureaucrats declare assets: "the key is to get the details of benami properties which could have been in the name of siblings. "They should be asked to declare all that"
HC issues warrant to Palike chief
CWG scam: Official on the run surrenders, sent to jail: "Absconding former CWG Organising Committee treasurer M Jayachandran, accused of committing irregularities in awarding of a Games-related contract to a Swiss firm, has been sent to Tihar Jail by a Delhi court. "
2G: Ex-bureaucrat's bail plea rejected
Vigilance arrests ex-JPSC member: "After almost an year of lodging an FIR, the vigilance sleuths on Thursday arrested Shanti Devi, a former member of the Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC), who was allegedly involved in the merit scam of the second civil services examination."
Gmail accounts of two Indian diplomats hacked in China
Right-to-information request found nearly as effective as bribing in India : "Two doctoral candidates in political science at Yale University recruited slum dwellers in Delhi and asked them to apply for a “ration card,”", "The researchers divided their candidates into four groups. The first group simply sent in an application, while the second applied and attached a letter supporting their need for a ration card from a local non-governmental organization – a subtle sign that they had some local influence. The third group paid a $25 bribe, the standard sum required for this kind of service (and a huge cost to slum dwellers who earn an average of $1.50 a day). The fourth group, after applying, filed a Right to Information claim asking about the status of their application, and how long such an application typically takes. Those who bribed received their cards in 82 days. Those who filed the RTI got theirs in 120 days. (Those who applied with neither, on the other hand, waited at least a year and might never have got them except the researchers filed RTIs on their behalf when the study was over.) If you subtract the weeks that they waited to file the RTI, Mr. Pinto noted, then the RTI took about 11 days longer than the bribe – and it is infinitely more accessible to the poor.""
Seize Corrupt Indian Assets: Proposed Lokpal Bill : ""Is Confiscation a Powerful Enough Deterrant to India's Plaque of Corruption?", "The threat of serving a jail sentence doesn’t seem to deter corrupt officials anymore according to activists in New Delhi. After all, he can enjoy the ill-gotten gains after his sentence.""
The bare necessities: ""but it isn’t a supposition shared by the Customs officials at Mumbai airport, always ready to grab the headlines by fining or detaining a celebrity or two""
Link punishment of corrupt officials to rank: Hazare's team: ""Punishment shall be higher if the status or rank of the accused is higher,""