Thursday, November 30, 2023

Satya Column: ED functioning without fear or favour to book the corrupt

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Last week Bharat Rashtra Samiti MLC Kavitha, along with her supporters, observed a day-long protest near Jantar Mantar in Delhi seeking reservation for women. It is everyone’s knowledge why Kavita suddenly remembered quota for women eight years after her father and BRS president K.Chandrasekhar Rao came to power in Telangana.

In the first Cabinet of KCR, not a single woman was accommodated. Afterwards, two women were given berth in his Cabinet. Who stopped MLC Kavita from raising the women’s quota bill then? It is clear that she has raked up the issue now to divert public attention from her, following the arrest of Manish Sisodia, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, in the liquor scam.

KCR, instead of admonishing his daughter for indulging in liquor business, is trying to exploit the issue to his political advantage. He made some other corrupt leaders write letters alleging that the Modi government is trying to frame innocent persons through the Enforcement Directorate.

KCR applied one yardstick to former TRS member Ale Narendra, who was sent out of the party, and a different yardstick to his daughter Kavita. Why this double standard? KCR framed his former cabinet colleague Eatala Rajendra in a case and showed the door to him. Why should Kavita get involved in the Delhi liquor scam, forgetting that she is a lady? Officials of the ED are not going to buy Kavita’s arguments that she does not know Arun Ramachandra Pillai, Abhishek Boinapalli and Buchchibabu and that she had not held parleys with them in a Delhi hotel.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after assuming power in Delhi, strengthened the working of investigating agencies like ED. He asked them to ensure that none of the corrupt elements slips away. So, the ED officials are functioning without fear of, or favour for, anyone. People like Kavita need not fear punishment if they have not done anything wrong. Instead, they are raising a hue and cry against the Modi government, accusing it of adopting a vindictive attitude. The law would take its course, there is no doubt.

In Andhra Pradesh, four years ago, Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy’s brother – YS Vivekananda Reddy – was done to death brutally with swords and axes. There was scope for Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy to detect the assassins of his paternal uncle, along with all evidence, and punish them as per law. But the police have not done anything during the past four years. Initially, the murder was portrayed as ‘death due to heart attack’. Attempts were made to wipe out evidence at the crime scene. Initially a CBI probe into the murder was demanded, but later attempts were made to resist it. As the CBI probe into the case is under progress, one or two witnesses died under mysterious circumstances. When Viveka’s daughter Sunita insisted on a CBI probe to investigate the case in proper direction, she was portrayed as the murderer. The main accused in the murder case Avinash Reddy attributed the murder to property disputes in the family of Vivekananda Reddy. Allegations have been leveled against the CBI. Mudslinging campaign was run through the social media besides heaping abuses on the investigating agency. Why should Jaganmohan Reddy and his advisor Sajjala Ramakrishna Reddy try to protect Avinash Reddy? It is clear that Jagan is afraid of the CBI bringing everything into light.

Whether it is Jaganor KCR, or Sarada scamin West Bengal under Mamata rule, or the gold smuggling scam in Kerala during Pinarayi Vijayan’s regime, the accused will have to face the central investigating agencies. That is why the Constitution of India has given clear powers to the Union Government to dealwith such scandals.

So far, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party, Trinamool Congress, AAP, BRS, YSRCP, DMK and JMM have indulged in several scams involving several thousands of crores of rupees. These scams helped their leaders amass wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. Now, these parties have unitedly launched a vilification campaign against Modi.

While Modi is trying to deal with the corrupt, leaders like Rahul Gandhi are putting the blame on the government while speaking from a foreign soil, claiming there is lack of democracy in India.

When the earth under KCR was crumbling, he swallowed lakhs of crores in the name of Kaleshwaram Project, Mission Bhagiratha project, real estate deals, et al and plunged Telangana into debts. He then floated BRS to deflect public attention from his corruption. KCR is now trying to use BRS and the people of Telangana to safeguard the interests of his daughter.

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