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To call it a colonial relic will be an understatement. To call it a judge’s autocracy will be a hyperbole. But terming this as the judicial immunity will be apt.
Far from the imaginary world of jargons, we are closely witnessing the reality that defies reasoning in the way judicial accountability is being dealt in India. In the wake of Congress Secretary Dig Vijay Singh rebuking the apex court’s expression on CBI, the court’s independence has to be reinforced. Nevertheless, this does not warrant the judicial body to go unquestioned. The need of the hour is to evolve a
STORY NUMBER ONE
Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.
Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason.. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.
To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and
We are delighted to inform you that `I Paid a Bribe’ portal touched the momentous figure of one million visitors on the morning of May 28.
We, at Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, are truly overwhelmed both by the response and the distance you have helped us traverse in a short period of 21 months.
Our gratitude to each one of you for backing us in our mission to fight corruption through your contributions in the form of reports, responses to reports sent by others, letters and queries to us. Our special thanks to media organisations (local,
As the number of hits on I Paid A Bribe race towards the magical seven-figure mark of ten lakhs, I take this opportunity to showcase the innovations on the site, which was revamped in April. We have definitely made an attempt to produce new wine in a new bottle!
The red-hot tinge on the earlier page has given way to pleasing light blue and yellow hues. Words are an inadequate medium to express the feel of the new site, so go ahead and get a first-hand impression by visiting it right away.
In a nutshell, these are the key changes. The corruption reports on
By Juwairia Mehkri
Being denied delivery of services imparted in the interest of the public is something we Indians have learnt to live with. Instead of availing services we are entitled to without any hiccups, fighting tooth and nail or even bribing public servants has become a norm these days. In this backdrop, Citizens’ charter comes with a baggage of promises.
The Citizens’ Charter Bill, also known as Grievance Redressal Bill, has been framed to ensure time-bound delivery of goods and services the public is rightfully entitled to. Public authorities are obligated to
Tired of hearing instances of big-ticket corruption? Here’s more of the old wine in a new bottle. The Defence department is again in the spot light but for the wrong reasons which this time is the Chopper’s scam. This reflects high extent of impropriety in contracts via the means of lobbying and quid pro quo. This has come to light after Adarsh Housing Society affected departmental credibility in 2010 after Bofors was the first to tarnish the department’s image to a large extent in 1989. A common thread connecting these dots is the nature of a large-scale corruption
Indian political scenario is tainted with scams and corruption. This is what is implied in the ranking in Corruption Perception Index 2010 of Transparency International India that has placed India on 87th position out of 178 corrupt countries. Corruption is viewed as the worst form of human rights violation as indicated by the Supreme Court.
The most shocking aspect of the endemic corruption in India is its rampant nature. This cuts across both administration and politics. Commenting on these lines, N. Vittal, former Chief Vigilance Commissioner said “Bureaucratic corruption is more
Long unending queues, piles of forms gathering dust, files waiting for approval, officials taking a nap, citizens made to run from pillar to post - such imageries are usually witnessed in most public offices in India. India undoubtedly is booming as one of the fastest growing economies but is this growth reflected even internally?
Governance involves both state and non-state players that seek to offer equitable services to its citizens. India has a long history in governance. Many ancient literary sources envisage governance as a righteous set of governing activities
A sport captures its viewers’ attention based on the idea - ‘what next’. So is the case with cricket. However the game is getting more predictable, thanks to the increasing instances of match-fixing! This is when teams play to ‘lose’ by underperforming and this clearly indicates a deficit in sports ethics.
Players usually get pulled up for match fixing while umpires are generally perceived to have a neutral stand over results of a game, whatsoever they might be. However, this time it is the umpires who have violated the rules of the organized
Jodi Tor Dak Shune Keu Na Ase Tobe Ekla Cholo Re
(If none responds to your call, then tread your own path)
– Rabindranath Tagore
These lines of Rabindrathanath Tagore best capture the sentiments of Arvind Kejriwal. Driven by the motive to uproot corruption from the Indian soil, Kejriwal recently launched his political party with the promise to change the system.
Invoking the names of Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, B.R. Ambedkar and Sardar Patel, the activist turned politician said that the party's name will later be announced.
Kejriwal while recollecting