Saturday, October 4, 2014

Why be whistle blower....

I remember one of the Newshour Debates featuring the revelation of Justice Katju . Former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju  alleged that  three ex-Chief Justices of India allowed a judge in Tamil Nadu to continue in office even after being informed of his corrupt deeds. It had among the Guest Mr. Ram Jethmalani and Mr. Soli Sorabjee who were of the opinion that Justice Katju should have followed his complain to its logical conclusion as and when he came to know of it.If no heed was paid to his complain , he should have resigned rather than allowing that Judge to continue when he knew of the adverse Intelligence Bureau reports .It is easier said than done. In this country where corruption has become a way of life, one will land up with more number of friends and associates if he or she will pursue corruption than the other way round. He acted like a whistle blower but who pays attention to such allegations !!!

It is easy to romanticize the heroic act, standing up for what is just, righteous and even legal but the path is not easy. You will be left alone,  ridiculed and victimized. Tagore in his poem said "  Jodi tor dak shune keu naa aase tobe ekla chalo re", and yes , indeed one has to walk alone. When Mr  Ashok Khemka pointed to irregularities in land deals involving businessman Robert Vadra, he received a threat call. The call, made to Mr Khemka's office was extremely obscene, vulgar and intimidating to his family members (  .The Haryana government , under Chief Minister Bhupinder Hooda served him the chargesheet for “having caused damage to the reputation of Robert Vadra and that of DLF”, and also for "illegally" cancelling the land deal. It also started an investigation into Dr Khemka’s role as the MD of Haryana Warehousing Corporation. This is nothing but  harassment and intimidation.Not just that the state government also ordered an audit by State Auditor General in an attempt to ensure he is not able to get central government deputation as well.

Some people say with change of regime i.e. Mr. Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister things will change for better. It is too early to pass any judgement but even after Parliament passed the Whistleblowers Protection Act, the rules required to implement the law have not been framed so whistleblowers have no protection. So what do we infer from these examples ? We should remain a silent spectators to all acts of corruption, injustice, impropriety, falsehood and dishonesty ?????

Monday, March 10, 2014

Satyamev Jayte

The wait is over...but had it not been for the 49 days of AAP rule , the matter (DTU-Faculty Recruitment Scam ) would have gathered enough dust for it to be  buried for ever.The case relates to a 2012 recruitment round at Delhi Technological University. Vacancies for various faculty positions were advertised in December 2011 and the selection took place in 2012. There were many irregularities and people who didn't fulfil even the minimum eligibility criteria were screened, allowed to appear for interview and even selected.When Ravindra San raised these issues he was constantly humiliated and harassed by the Administration. The irony is that these things are common in higher education field and the price that whistle blowers have to pay is so high that people are reluctant to wage a war against this form of corruption . This was a rather  lonely war that  Ravindra San had undertaken with support from a small section of the like minded teachers , yet he was always hopeful of victory of truth.In spite of the intervention of the then Lt.Governor Mr. Tejendra Khanna , he was not reinstated as Dean and HoD ( ) . Judiciary refused to admit the case on some pretext or other.Even when Mr. Prashant Bhushan himself took up the case, Judge did not find it a fit case for examination. Then came the AAP government and files were reopened.Soon AAP Government resigned and all hopes were dashed but it had ordered for inquiry before it vacated office. Credit must  go to the present Lt.Governor Mr. Najeeb Jung who took action .Prof. Pankaj Jalote , Director IIIT Delhi has been given additional charge of Vice Chancellor  Delhi Technological University while the inquiry is conducted.
More on the irregularities  and the inquiry...