By Surendera M. Bhanot , President, RTI Help & Assistance Forum Chandigarh
My submission and appeal to the Jan Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee is: Firstly, there are provision in every anti-graft enactment that the Government’s (including PM/CM/President/State/Center/Governor/Chief justice of SC/HC etc.) is required to initiate action against the persons from the rank of Joint Secretary and above. This Is main cause that the corruption is taken such a high habitation among these officers. This unchecked trend has taken its root so deep that each one of these persons are fully protected by each one of these other persons. If Government do not give permission, no case can be instituted against any such person.It is my demand that all such provisions from the all anti-graft enactments may immediately be withdrawn by the notifications and the CVC and the vigilance authorities may be given free hand to nab all these persons and all of them should be tried and punished.
Secondly, there is no provision to attach the properties so acquired from the graft-money. In may graft cases there is no loss to exchequer, as the government’s fees duly deposited, e.g., in case of recruitments, millions are usurped from the public for giving them appointment or out of turn allotments and other such numerous cases. Money/property so acquired by an authority is no financial loss to government. As such it is not recoverable. Take for example, Ramalinga Raju usurped 7700 crores from the Satyam and happily went to jail. Maximum Punishment – 7 years. After that all the money is Raju’s legal money and his many generations can live without working.
I demand that all the monies/properties so created should be identified and should be returned to bonafide owners or treated as national assets.