Citizens' Issues
PM, judiciary be brought under Lokpal: Justice N Santosh Hegde

In a democracy, how can a person merely because he is holding an office be excluded from prosecution, asked the erstwhile Lokayukta from Karnataka 

New Delhi: There is nothing wrong in bringing the Prime Minister under the jurisdiction of Lokpal as like others he is also a public servant, reports PTI quoting former Supreme Court Judge and erstwhile Karnataka Lokayukta N Santosh Hegde.
"What is wrong in the Lokpal having jurisdiction over the Prime Minister? Is the Prime Minister not a public servant? Aren't there cases of corruption against PMs in other countries? In Japan, you find every other year a Prime Minister is prosecuted. (Former US President Richard) Nixon was prosecuted... What is so great about the PM?," he asked 
Noting that the position of the Lokpal was akin to "giving a dog a bad name and kicking it", he said there have been allegations of corruption against Indian PMs in the past and added that only the President and Governors are excluded from being prosecuted and not the PM.
"We have had allegations of corruption against two former PMs - Bofors and the JMM bribery case. In a democracy, how can a person merely because he is holding an office be excluded from prosecution? The Constitution excludes the prosecution of the President and the Governors in some cases...One can't apply the same principle on a man who passes executive orders on a daily basis," he told PTI.
Responding to a query as to how he expects Arvind Kejriwal's newly-launched 'Aam Aadmi Party' to perform, Hegde raised doubts about its success saying it was not an "easy job".
"My only apprehension is how far a political party will survive because of the very many demands of the political system, these days. It requires a huge amount of money to elect nearly 546 Members of Parliament from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It is not going to be an easy job.
"It is a good thing in principle, but in reality, can it succeed?" he asked. 
On being queried on Kejriwal's possible expose on corruption in judiciary, Hegde said, "Haven't we heard of malpractices in judiciary? We have had one Supreme Court judge against whom impeachment proceedings had started, but it was not completed. We had one Chief Justice against whom impeachment proceedings had been initiated- Justice Dinakaran- he resigned, so it came to an end.
"We had Soumitra Sen from Calcutta High Court. Impeachment process started against him (and then) stopped; didn't go anywhere. We have a charge sheet filed against Justice Nirmal Yadav of Punjab High Court. We have 34 judges of the Allahabad High Court, who are being investigated by the CBI.
"So, there is corruption there and therefore, he must be having some material against some judges," he said.
On being questioned if self regulation was the way for the judiciary to control corruption within its ranks, he said, "We have tried it and it has not succeeded. We have tried it all these years...About the judiciary, everybody said that..
we will self-regulate, we will control, the superior court will look after the subordinate courts...nothing has happened," he said.
Hegde replied in the affirmative to a query on whether he is willing to have a Lokpal that has the authority to investigate and prosecute judges.
The very judge who is being investigated can go to the court- of which he may be a judge - and then question the investigation, he said.
"Who will investigate the judges? Somebody should be there. You want to have a separate investigating(sic)vigilance body of retired judges, then create it, that is okay, but it should not be out of the purview of investigation.
"That very judge, who is being investigated, can go to the same institution, court of which he is a judge and then question the investigation," he said.



Vaibhav Dhoka

4 years ago

Judicial complaint are never investigated in transparent way,and therefore complaints of corruption have increased manifold without any action on concerned.High time to bring in judicial LOKPAL.

US and European officials seize 132 websites selling fakes

The 132 domain names seized were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season

Washington: The US and European authorities said that they have seized 132 websites for allegedly selling counterfeit merchandise from fake Nike sneakers to Oakley sunglasses, reports PTI.
These websites were set up to dupe consumers into unknowingly buying counterfeit goods as part of the holiday shopping season.
The 132 domain names seized are part of Project Cyber Monday 3 and Project Transatlantic.
"This operation is a great example of the tremendous cooperation between ICE and our international partners at the IPR Centre," John Morton, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director, said.
"Our partnerships enable us to go after criminals who are duping unsuspecting shoppers all over the world. This is not an American problem, it is a global one and it is a fight we must win," he said.
The domain names seized are now in the custody of the governments involved in these operations.
Visitors typing those domain names into their Web browsers will now find a banner that notifies them of the seizure and educates them about the federal crime of wilful copyright infringement.
In addition to the domain name seizures, officials identified PayPal accounts utilised by the infringing websites.
PayPal is a global e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet.
Proceeds received through the identified PayPal accounts, in excess of $175,000, are currently being targeted for seizure by the investigating Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) field offices.
"These websites sold products representing 41 different rights holders of US companies, everything from Ergo baby carriers to New Era hats, Nike sneakers, Tiffany jewellery, Oakley sunglasses, and NFL jerseys just to name a few. Even counterfeit Adobe software was for sale," Morton told foreign journalists at a news conference.
Morton said these seizures underscore the lessons of online shopping for all at this time of the holidays.
"Remember, if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Know your supplier, know your seller, research the seller or the website from which you intend to make a purchase, look at all of the web pages," Morton said.
"If you see misspellings, if you see addresses on a site that pretends to be about Tiffany, but the return policy addresses is used some place in China, well you're on notice that trouble is afoot," he said.
"Educate yourself on the exact logo, the hardware, and the stitching of whatever you're considering to make sure that you're getting what you think you're getting. Don't conduct business with an anonymous user," he added.
Morton said once the websites have been forfeited, they put up a banner that notifies the public going to that domain name that the website has been seized, and that it was seized for a violation of federal law.


ICICI Lombard inks pact with Meghalaya for health insurance

ICICI Lombard General Insurance would provide all households in Meghalaya with a financial cover of up to Rs1.6 lakh per year to cover in patient services

Shillong: ICICI Lombard General Insurance has signed an agreement with Meghalaya government to roll out a comprehensive health insurance scheme in the state aimed at benefitting close to three million citizens, reports PTI.
The agreement was signed between ICICI Lombard Associate Vice President Pranab Sharma and Megha Health Insurance Scheme CEO MR Synrem, officials said.
Christened as Megha Health Insurance Scheme, it would provide all households in the state with a financial cover of up to Rs1.6 lakh per year to cover in patient services irrespective of all income groups, an official statement in this regard said.
Claiming that the health insurance scheme is among the first of its type across India, Synrem said it uses a common standard Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojna (RSBY) platform supported by the Ministry of Labour and Employment even as it expands the cover available under RSBY both in terms of universalizing the scheme across the entire population.
According to the government statement, the scheme provides an enhance cover of up to Rs1.6 lakh instead of Rs30,000 covered under the RSBY thereby providing cashless treatment of specified high cost and recurrent illnesses.
Meghalaya government stated that ICICI was selected as the insurer after rigorous and competitive bidding processes involving six other contenders and under careful advisory from the International Finance Corporation and the World Bank.
Officials said that the scheme will be integrated with the existing public health care system by empanelling public sector hospitals as well as private ones.


We are listening!

Solve the equation and enter in the Captcha field.

To continue

Sign Up or Sign In


To continue

Sign Up or Sign In



The Scam
24 Year Of The Scam: The Perennial Bestseller, reads like a Thriller!
Moneylife Magazine
Fiercely independent and pro-consumer information on personal finance
Stockletters in 3 Flavours
Outstanding research that beats mutual funds year after year
MAS: Complete Online Financial Advisory
(Includes Moneylife Magazine and Lion Stockletter)