Chennai, Sep 28 (): Corruption is rampant and is a part of illegal political administration in India.It pervades everywhere including the highest positions of Government, Executive and Judiciary. And of course Media.
Persons occupying the highest position in Government are expected to stand on a high moral ground. He/ She takes oath mostly in the name of God. In practice, the oath is mere a formality of assuming office to usurp power. They betray the people and commit treachery. They function against the very constitution which they are expected to uphold. Therefore their acts are illegal. The maxim of their wrongdoings result in sins because they do not fear God. Therefore they ultimately breakdown and fail. Their empire itself crumbles.
When a leader of political party becomes a leader of a Government, he/she should understand that the scope of leadership has now widened and covers all. The responsibility is more and accountability starts. Power should bring courtesy, not arrogance. A person assuming the office of the Prime Minister or Chief Minister should abandon their individual whims and fancies and mingle with a collective conscience. Indian leaders have failed in this respect. Their failure is ensured and confirmed by other institutions in democracy.
After assuming office, access to public money makes the leader corrupt. May be ¼th 0r 1/3rd or even ½ of the Budget spent on Government projects goes to the ruling political party. That is how political leadership from grass root level is watered and nourished.
People do not have direct powers to punish a corrupt political leader. They simply discuss about it and wait to vote for an alternate corrupt political party in the next election. Until then, they have a lot of things to think about and do for their own lives. Some individuals join hands and make a mushroomy movement against corruption.
The opponent political parties tirade charges of corruption against each other. In case of underground understanding, they will maintain silence on specific cases. But, misunderstanding among the political parties and competition to swindle public money make them more arrogant and hostile towards each other. They start to betray each other. Cases are foisted in the courts. Such betrayals are very good in the interest of public welfare.
Recently, courts have become proactive about corruption cases and are willing to take suo motto action. Now courts are tougher.
The institution of CAG audits the functioning of the Government, find procedural lapses and assess loss to exchequer. Recently, they have also intensified without obliging to the political masters.
The development of technology has enabled the evidences of corruption to go public through media. The media too has a tendency to underplay the cases of their favourites and exaggerate cases of their perceived opponents in polity. However, it is a good development that media are not neutral and divided among pro and anti-ruling party. That enhances the degree of betrayal and treachery against evil forces.
There are two ways to punish the crime of corruption: Direct Evidence Method and Indirect Evidence Method.
Direct Evidence Method: Irrefutable evidences have to be gathered in a specific corruption case and a case can be filed by anyone against a political leader involved in corruption. But these cases are not successful since the evidences are erased or are not strong enough to prove the corruption charges in the courts.
Indirect Evidence Method: The second indirect method is to file disproportionate asset case. This type of case shall deal about illegal money invested in assets. Here, it is easier to gather evidence as per records.
So far, the cases have been dealt under the following sections and verdicts have been delivered in the lower courts.
- Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating) and 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), as well as section 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988
- Wealth disproportionate to known sources of income under Sections 109 and 120 (b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
A court verdict assumes more value when people see it as a verdict of virtue rather than that of a constitution.
The loopholes in judicial administration in India is either getting sealed or becoming smaller. Small fishes can escape. Whales have to float ashore.
Now we hope Indian democracy can deal with it, the monster of corruption.