Bureaucrat’s Greed and the Heavy Price Paid by Family

But Indian Laws Hardly Apply to Political Goons and the Well-Connected Super Rich!

Political goons who have looted the country of billions of dollars live a life of luxury with no sense of guilt or shame. They have no fear of the law, flouting all norms of justice with impunity.

Businessmen close to the political establishment flee the country with their loot right under the nose of the central government in Delhi. Ministers just indulge in verbal diarrhoea, pretending they are serious about bringing the likes of Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi to book.

Zero Tolerance: But when a bureaucrat is caught on charges of corruption that will appear petty when compared with that of the bigger criminals with good connections the long hands of law catch up with him fast and furious.

There is no question that zero tolerance is how the country should deal with corruption. But lenience towards the influential, but wild, bunch of economic offenders and stern action against smaller fry make a mockery of the justice system.

It does sadden me that the wife and daughter of Director General of Corporate Affairs B K Ansal committed suicide, unable to take the humiliation wrought on the family by the arrest of the bureaucrat.

The court was right in asking the CBI if Bansal’s arrest was indeed necessary. It is not a murder case but an economic offence and investigations could have been held without a hasty arrest.

A few decades ago a popular South Indian film actor was caught in a pornography scandal and his mother, a professor at a top college, and his sister committed suicide in a very sad twist. For normal families, shame can be too hard to bear even if they had nothing to do with it.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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