Passport applicant files complaint with Anti-Corruption Bureau

Harassed by the needless delays, red tapism and alleged corruption, a Pune-based business journalist filed complaint with the ACB

Roop Karnani, Pune-based senior journalist has lodged a complaint with Director General of Police (DGP), Anti-Corruption Bureau, alleging corruption in the online appointment system of the Passport Seva Kendra (PSK). He says the system ‘crashes’ continuously due to ‘touts’ who are probably doing mass bookings. He has also complained against harassment of applicants by the passport officials who keep sending citizens back for want of documents, many a time not required at all, as per the documents listed on the website and against the clumsy working system at the PSK, Mundhwa run by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

 

As an acknowledgement, the ACB has replied thus: “We acknowledge receipt of your complaint dated 17/3/2013. The same has been forwarded to the office of CBI, ACB Mumbai  for necessary action on email id: [email protected] You are requested to follow up your complaint with the said authority.’’

 

In his complaint, lodged on 17th March, Karnani had appealed to Raj Khilnani, DGP, ACB, Mumbai to direct Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) which in public private partnership (PPP) with the passport division of the ministry of external affairs (MEA) to direct the TCS to eliminate this problem by rectifying the software.

 

Since the last one month, Karnani who has applied for renewal of his passport, states, “On 28th February when I submitted my documents, they said, in 10 days the police verification will be done. If in 10 days you don't get a call from the police, you personally go to the police station and inquire. On the 12th day I went to Pimpri police station, but they said they have received forms upto 26th February. Yesterday, on the 15th day they said they have just received one or two forms of the 28th, but have received quite a few of 1st, 2nd and 3rd March. So just wait, it should come in a day or two. If its urgent, contact Commissioner of Police (CP) office and enquire. When I enquired at the CP office, they said system shows it has left for Pimpri office. So waited for a day or two ...I am still waiting.’’ 


Karnani, in his written complaint to Khilnani writes: “I have faced so many problems, for the last one month, for just online ‘renewal’ of my passport, that too for the 3rd time.
A major problem is that the site crashes within less than half a minute, sometimes in less than 10 seconds, with the message that 650  appointments have been given for today. This is because of touts, obviously. But this can be eliminated by software and to streamline the chaotic system of operation prevailing at Counters A, B and C at PSK, Mundhwa.
 

He writes in his complaint: “I had to put one person on the job at 2.45pm, because the site says to seek an appointment at exactly 3pm, and the site closes within the next 2 minutes, and says 650 appointments given, when it takes at least 5 minutes to log into the appointment page. For three weeks my person logged in everyday to get the appointment, thus doing unproductive work. This is ridiculous. The site should be open 24 x 7 to seek appointments, and if there is a heavy rush, I should get the option to get the next available appointment, which maybe the next week, the next month or after three months (as a hypothetical case). Which means that I have to log into the site only once, and my appointment is done. I am sure that you understand this can be done by a simple change in the software programme.’’

 

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Karnani has also brought to the notice of the ACB, the harassment of citizens inside the PSK, Mundhwa. He writes: “When, I entered the PSK at the given time, there were about 200 people waiting in five different queues, which were very long, and people were shoving and pushing. I realized that they were not giving tokens, but they were returning people back for documents not brought. Some documents were not required at all, for which they were being sent back. After waiting for a couple of hours asking them to return again on a separate date is really frustrating. Imagine a guy from Kolhapur, who had not brought his residence proof—he had to go back to Kolhapur and seek a fresh appointment. Then they asked for a marriage certificate from a man, who was standing before me… This led to a huge argument, and delayed further the movement for the token. When people started shouting like in a fish market, this man was sent into the cabin of the officer concerned.

 

“I got through this, after waiting for an hour. I was then sent to the next room, which was designed to accommodate just 100 people but there were over 200 people and it was very stuffy and suffocating as the air conditioner was designed for just 100 people. There was no place to sit. There was a small cafeteria, which had run out of cold drinks, coffee, sandwiches… nothing was available. The water cooler was not working. The loos were in a bad shape because of the huge rush. If the first area had been used as a waiting area, 200 people could have been comfortably seated. After waiting for almost one-and-half hour here, I started feeling giddy. I complained to them and they made me sit in the manager’s cabin. My age is 58 and I was feeling unwell. But there were older people than me, senior citizens; I feel sorry for their plight. I was lucky enough to be sent to the manager’s cabin, which was in the next room. Looking at my plight, she tried to
 expedite my application. They sent my file inside and I was asked to go to a particular counter for fingerprinting and photographs. After this I thought the process was over. But no, there were totally three counters- A, B, C—I had only just finished A. There was a screen announcing token numbers and the counter to which the person had to go.
 

Nobody knew what the token number was because it was printed on some page in the file but they never informed us when giving the file. These token numbers were being displayed at random, not in a sequence. So a person who had come later could be called ahead.


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“When I finally reached the B and C counters, they just entered one line in the computer, and said now you can go to the next counter. When I was exiting—there was just one exit—I was sent back to another window, where one man was just scanning the barcode, only after which one could exit. You will agree that the entry of just one line at counters B and C, and the scanning of the barcode, could all have been done at one counter itself, by one single person. If 20 people at each counters of A, B and C had all been done at one counter, which is more practical, 60 people could have been cleared in five minutes in one counter instead of the current procedure which takes 20 people to be cleared after three hours.’’

 

Karnani submitted his suggestions to the ACB as follows:
 

“1)  Just 20 people should be called in each half an hour time slot, and there should be three people to check the documents outside the waiting area, so that this can easily be done in 15 to 20 minutes, after which they can be let in. And at no point in time, they should let in more than 150 people in the waiting area, even though the capacity is 200, so that it is less congested.

 2)  The person at the first counter itself should take fingerprints, which will take two minutes, and make the online entries into the computer what the B and C counters were doing, in two minutes and scan the barcode in just one minute. So if 60 people can be cleared in five minutes, imagine 1,000 people could be accommodated in one day, smoothly. But they are overcapacitated with 650 people a day, due to their disorganized ways of functioning.
 

“In Ahmedabad there are five PSKs, and the city has much less population than Pune. Here the process of passport renewal gets done in just 10 minutes. In Pune there should be atleast three PSKs. There should a separate PSK in Kolhapur so that applicants from Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara do not have to come to Pune.’’

 

To read all about Moneylife’s activism on Pune Passport Office issues, click here.
 

(Vinita Deshmukh is the consulting editor of Moneylife, an RTI activist and convener of the Pune Metro Jagruti Abhiyaan. She is the recipient of prestigious awards like the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting which she won twice in 1998 and 2005 and the Chameli Devi Jain award for outstanding media person for her investigation series on Dow Chemicals. She co-authored the book “To The Last Bullet - The Inspiring Story of A Braveheart - Ashok Kamte” with Vinita Kamte and is the author of “The Mighty Fall”.)

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    COMMENTS

    Dola Mitra

    3 years ago

    CA2079956940517 is my file number. It was a simple renewal of passport. As per Passport portal no PV needed for renewal of passport if there was no name changed or no loss of passport, yet by mistake or intentionally RPO Kolkata sends my details for post police verification, and we all know the fact how they harass us unless you pay them 1000 bucks. I will not do that, even if they cancel my passport. when I asked for clarification to rpo, you know what they replied :"Your case has been granted on post-PV due to some changes in appearance.For Rpo Kolkata." This is corruption free Digital India where we pay taxes in huge amount and we suffer. Neither Sushma Swaraj Mam bothered to intervene nor did Mr. Modi himself bothered to intervene. I am also looking for justice. Can anyone in this country help me. I will not go for PV, never. Thats my decision

    Yadav Rakesh

    4 years ago

    anti curruption against police varrification . Please help me if i am suffring by a police officer harrassed me . please help !!!!! he want money for clear varrification .

    CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

    8 years ago

    MLF should lead from the front against Corruption at High Places

    CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

    8 years ago

    In every Government Depts. wherever corruption takes place an FIR should invariably be lodged with Anti Corruption Bureau so that corruption can be avoided, now no point to tolerate such rubbish.

    NAVDEEP

    8 years ago

    dear sir/madam

    the same problem lies at PSK Amritsar (Punjab). no appointment can be booked at PSK Amritsar as appointment closes within 2-3 seconds when it is opened. shame on TCS.

    please do the needful..

    choksi R

    8 years ago

    Hi,

    I have mentioned my comment in an earlier article on pune passport office about PSK asking for documents which are not demanded or listed on the website under 'documents required'. I had to renew my minor son's passport and I had filled online form and taken appointment. I had checked on the website the list of documents to take and it showed only original passport of the minor and Form H to be taken.

    But at the PSK counter they asked for parents' passport photocopies along with original which was not listed on the website under 'requird documents'. Due to this many people who had come from far areas had to go back.

    This is incorrect. If it is not mentioned on the website, then the PSK cannot ask for those documents.

    SUPRIYAA KUBAL

    8 years ago

    I will share my pleasant experience with TCS passport seva kendra at Lower Parel,Mumbai.With the most efficient system ,my son got his renewed passport within 2 days ie on 9th mar 2013.I went through the same a, b c counter process for my son and it was quite fast.

    Mrs Supriyaa Kubal,Director,
    "iYojana" Financial Planners

    REPLY

    Ubaldo C DSouza

    In Reply to SUPRIYAA KUBAL 8 years ago

    Congratulations to Mrs. Kubal and to the Lower Parel office which enabled her pleasant experience. Is the Pune office listening and do they realise that it can be done smoothly but they are not doing it? Do they deserve to be where they have been ensconced, perhaps through nepotism?

    Vaidya Dattatraya Vasudeo

    8 years ago

    " I was lucky enough to be sent to the manager’s cabin, which was in the next room. Looking at my plight, she tried to
    expedite my application. "
    I am sure there were many other who were suffering the same way or more. While I sympathize with the senior citizens, unless there is a provision for giving priority to senior citizens, which should be there, this effort of expediting a specific application of Mr. Roop Karnani, is no different than breaking the queue. This is injustice to all the senior citizens who were in the queue before Mr.Roop Karnani. This is no different than people getting the work done at Railway Booking, Post Office, ST Stands etc. from the back door. The only difference that can be argued is that Mr.Roop Karnani was not doing it for making money and corrupting the entire system. None the less, if his application was processed with priority for any reason, he has caused injustice to others. EVEN THOUGH IN NEAR FUTURE I WILL NOT BE WAITING IN QUEUE FOR PASSPORT, I AM VERY THANKFUL AND GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR TAKING UP THE MATTER TENACIOUSLY WITH HIGHER AUTHORITIES. I WISH EVERY PERSON WHO SUFFERS, SHOULD NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE AND MUST TAKE UP THE MATTER WITH APROPRIATATE AUTHORITIES, EVERY TIME.

    Ramesh Iyer

    8 years ago

    I had filled and submitted my application for reissue of my passport a fortnight back and am yet to manage an online appointment. I reside in Mumbai, and though there are three PSKs listed on MEA website in my login, namely in Malad, Andheri, and Lower Parel, as Mr. Karnani has mentioned the slots get filled up mysteriously within a minute after 3 p.m. Having gone through the ritual of seeking an online application for over 10 days (logging in at 2.50 p.m. and trying at 3 p.m. sharp) I approached the RPO in Prabhadevi couple of days back, only to be told that I HAVE to seek an online appointment. So much for peoople-friendly PPP initiatives of the govt. Wish someone higher up in the MEA takes note of such issues to streamline the process.

    M K Gupta

    8 years ago

    If such an horrendous harassment is faced by a Sr. Journalist, what about commoner. All this is deliberate to mint money through agents.

    Ubaldo C DSouza

    8 years ago

    In the pune passport harassment case, is the ACB joining those they can't beat?

    Suresh Ramasubramanian

    8 years ago

    Some of this criticism is overblown. Marriage certificate does get asked for when there is a change of name due to marriage, husbands name to be endorsed on the wife's passport.

    Then the token number is on a separate slip which is clearly printed in block letters and a big font.

    The rest of the complaints about overcrowding, police verification delays and touts booking slots are quite valid but there are too many details where this gentleman is needlessly complaining .. I went through the same a, b c counter process for my son and it was quite fast, in chennai not pune but same tcs passport seva kendra

    REPLY

    Ubaldo C DSouza

    In Reply to Suresh Ramasubramanian 8 years ago

    You have said it - your experience is in Chennai and congratulations to the Chennai passport staff concerned. But as another comment has said it - 'if it can be done in Chennai, why not in Pune?'. What do you have to say about that one? Corruption appetites and the level of morals vary from place to place and from staff bunch to staff bunch. Once more, congratulations to the Chennai people.

    Vinita Deshmukh

    In Reply to Suresh Ramasubramanian 8 years ago

    Unfortunately, the same TCS's PSK in Pune is mired with harassment. If it is so smoothsailing in Chennia why can't it be replicated in Pune I wonder?

    rajeshpai

    8 years ago

    Obviously there is basic flaw in the running of the scheme.

    Why is it so difficult for TCS or the MEA to sit together and find out the work flow?Where is the delay happening and how can it can be addressed? TCS provides cutting edge technology to the developed world and why can't they have this system up and running.

    The first point of struggle as everyone has been shouting is about the fixing of an online appointment.It opens at a particular time and because the system gets overloaded due to the massive logging in of thousands or tens of thousands of applicants it is over in a few short minutes.Everyone is left staring at the screen saying 625/650 appointments have been fixed and try the next working day!!

    Very recently IRCTC enhanced their server capacity and they now serve lakhs of online booking of train tickets for several days/weeks/months into the future.Just imagine if IRCTC were working on the lines of PSK served by TCS!!

    We should be able to book much further in advance than a day or two that gets filled up in no time.How difficult is it to enhance the capacity of the servers to take on the load.Has anyone studied how the US consulate handles this??

    Assuming that you indeed got the appointment and are physically at the PSK.
    Now there are people who are renewing their PPs with no change in address and personal particulars.It is simple and straight forward for them.Why should they be made to stand in the same line and waste hours??Have a separate line for them and be more productive.

    For the others let there be huge boards displaying the documents needed.This being the first point of contact, more delays happen here.Have more people screening the applicants and let it flow faster.This is where one gets the token and goes to counters A,B and C.

    After finishing A, everybody waits for their magical token number to come up on screen to go to counter B and the same repetition to go to counter C.
    Why can't this needless waiting in que be taken away.In fact the work done by the passport officers at counters B and C is miniscule and over in a minute.
    But why should people go through the pain of waiting for hours at both counters and then another line to collect an acknowledgement.

    There is definitely redundancy built in here and this is not insurmountable.

    Just study the work flow pattern and clear the bottleneck(s).
    Save the millions from this pain not to speak of man years lost in the process of trying to get an online appointment and waiting in endless que lines for deliverance.

    REPLY

    Vinita Deshmukh

    In Reply to rajeshpai 8 years ago

    Perfectly agree with you. TCS insists there is no flaw in their server system

    CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

    8 years ago

    That is very good and quodos to MLF and further who will file FIR with Anti Corruption in EPF Cases.

    TS Rao

    8 years ago

    Thank you for following up this matter so closely. May your tribe increase.

    Karnataka government using invalid security certificate for online payment portal?

    Some of the government websites used for collecting online payments from citizens do not have a proper security certificate verified by a trusted third party. Yet, it asks for an undertaking that would hold the user responsible for any misuse of the portal!

    Following recurring incidents of Indian government websites being hacked, a security certificate (based on SSL or Secure Socket Layer protocol) has been made compulsory for all the new websites being created and for strengthening the existing ones. However, several sites, especially those used by central and state governments for online payments are still using ‘untrusted’ security certificates.

     

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    For example, the Commercial Taxes Department of the Karnataka government collects online payment for value added tax (VAT) through its portal, www.vat.kar.nic.in. However, when one clicks on the e-payment link, it immediately shows an error in the site's SSL. Here is error, displayed in most browsers...


    While, all browsers have a built-in list of trusted certificate providers, for some sites, the certificate provider may not be on its list. In this case, the browser will warn you that the Certificate Authority (CA) which issued the certificate is not trusted. This issue can also occur if the site has a self-signed certificate.

     

    When you connect to a secure website, the server hosting that site presents your browser with something called a ‘certificate’ to verify its identity. This certificate contains identity information, such as the address of the website, which is verified by a third party that your computer trusts. By checking that the address in the certificate matches the address of the website, it is possible to verify if you are securely communicating with the website you intended, and not a third party (such as an attacker on your network).

     

    In the case of www.vat.kar.nic.in, the certificate is not been verified by a third party that the computer trusts. Anyone can create a certificate claiming to be whatever website they choose, which is why a trusted third party must verify it. Without that verification, the identity information in the certificate is meaningless. “It is therefore not possible to verify that you are communicating with www.vat.kar.nic.in instead of an attacker who generated his own certificate claiming to be vat.kar.nic.in. You should not proceed past this point," the message says.

     

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    Cobrapost counters RBI's attempt to defend banks in money laundering charge

    In a stinging response to RBI deputy governor Dr Chakrabarty's shocking and sweeping denial of a money-laundering scam, Cobrapost points out that as signatory to Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, India and the RBI have a treaty obligations to block precisely the kind of dubious deals exposed by it

    Cobrapost.com, which exposed the money laundering practices at HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank and Axis Bank, has taken strong exception to remarks made by Dr KC Chakrabarty, deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regarding the exposé.

     

    “The manner in which the RBI deputy governor has rushed to issue the statement, even before the central bank could complete the inquest it has initiated into money laundering practices by the three banks, even before these banks could complete their own investigations into the alleged misdemeanour of their officials, and even before the Income Tax (I-T) Department could come up with its own finding, is tantamount to be self-serving and is a brazen attempt on the part of the deputy governor to not only give these banks a clean chit but also mask the miserable failure of the banking regulatory mechanism of the RBI,” Cobrapost said in a release.

     

    Earlier on 21st March, speaking about the exposé, Dr Chakrabarty had said, “There is no scam (that) has happened... As no transaction has taken place, let us not unnecessarily downgrade ourselves. Our system to prevent money laundering is perfect ... absolutely nothing (wrong with it).”

     

    Refuting this statement, Cobrapost.com alleged it (Dr Chakrabarty's statement) as “something premature, presumptive and preposterous aimed at sweeping under carpet the alleged involvement of the banking majors in money laundering”.

     

    “For the RBI to say that there is no offence as there was ‘no transaction’ is a very novice reading of the law and a wilful ignorance of rules and regulations supposed to be crafted and implemented by the RBI itself,” it said in the release.

     

    India is a signatory to Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering or FATF and thus has treaty obligations to block precisely the kind of money laundering that the Cobrapost exposé shows has been happening rampantly in the country’s leading three private banks, it said.

     

    Cobrapost said its “Operation Red Spider” clearly showed that the RBI and the Financial Intelligence Unit of the finance ministry have failed in their jobs and instead of heads rolling there the RBI is intent on diluting the nature of what has been found and saving its own skin. “Perhaps the banking regulatory and supervision functions should be taken away from the RBI and a new agency created for the same,” it added.

     

    Cobrapost's investigation conducted in five zones across several branches of these banks and their affiliates like insurance companies revealed following facts...

     

    “These money laundering practices are part of a standard set of procedures within these banks;

    These money laundering services are being openly offered to even walk-in customers who wish to launder their illicit money;

                    A variety of options for laundering ill-gotten cash are being offered brazenly;

    These money laundering services are being offered practically as a standard product across the country.”

     

    Cobrapost said its investigation found that banks and their managements systematically and deliberately violate several provisions of the I-T Act, Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), RBI regulations, know your customer (KYC) norms, the Banking Act and Prevention of Money laundering Act (PMLA) with utter disregard to consequences, driven by their desire to boost cheap deposits and thereby increasing their profits.

     

    It took just a cold call by the Cobrapost reporter to the branches of the banks, mentioned above, to put a grossly illegal proposition on the table:  A politician wants to launder a huge sum of black money. The purpose: make it white. Would the bank officials help? And the lid came off the murky world of money laundering in the Indian banking sector, as the officials of these banks rolled out the red carpet for Cobrapost's associate editor Syed Masroor Hasan.

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    nagesh kini

    8 years ago

    The RBI Governor was extremely candid in admitting in so many words unlike his Deputy who threw all caution to the winds despite overwhelming video evidence.
    The RBI should collate and put in the public domain all the Reports on each of the Banks' investigations and come out with a comphrensive Action Taken Report as soon as possible and list out steps at putting an effective end to all nefarious deposit mobilization practices now that the 'year end' is over, thankfully!

    CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

    8 years ago

    It is really shocking that RBI wants to influence the probe by releasing denials, which should not have been, should waited for the probe to finish and then issuing denials.

    GOPAL

    8 years ago

    There are bad eggs in every system. I would like to know if cobrapost got the same response in all cases or in a select few. Also when customers come to the Bank they do come with various propositions. In many cases the Bank officials try to help. Banks are subject to various audits and in each of these reports we do have serious, medium and low type of irregularities. This is the case in all Banks. If Cobrapost gets them it will read like a horror story. These are taken up and rectified and systems put in place. Cobrapost seeking heads to roll, in this case,is unjustified.

    REPLY

    nagesh kini

    In Reply to GOPAL 8 years ago

    Unfortunately the heads that roll will be those of the front office much smaller fry and not the Big Guns who threaten them with targets and pick slips for not meeting the targets!

    CA PRADEEP AGARWAL

    In Reply to GOPAL 8 years ago

    As far as audit is concerned they are being scuttled as is being done now and special audits are conducting sparingly and that to with predetermined notions.

    Vinay Joshi

    In Reply to CA PRADEEP AGARWAL 8 years ago

    FYI, Mr.Nagesh Kini, is FCA, a senior & he knows audit inside out.

    Rgds,

    nagesh kini

    In Reply to Vinay Joshi 7 years ago

    Thanks Mr.Joshi!

    nagesh kini

    In Reply to Vinay Joshi 7 years ago

    Thanks Mr.Joshi!

    Ubaldo C DSouza

    8 years ago

    If you can't beat them, join them! That is what the RBI is doing even if it amounts to foolish wisdom.

    M G WARRIER

    8 years ago

    Mature comments viewing the expose seriously and expressing intention to take action where warranted once reports of investigation are available have come from RBI Governor Dr Subbarao. Chakrabarty is known for off the cuff remarks and people have not forgotten how he was handled by Governor for a 'dissenting observation' on a Monetary Policy announcement sometime back.

    RAVINDRANATH

    8 years ago

    What RBI's Special audit team should do is to simply check all major non-interest income earned by these banks and see whether they were legitimate and the transactions which generated those income were genuine and did not violate any norms.

    Vaibhav Dhoka

    8 years ago

    Here in our country all rules and regulations are imposed on middle class and they are regularly flouted by high and mighty.A small time investor is harassed to open a savings account in name of KYC meaning Know Your Customer in all petty transaction in banks mutual fund insurance etc.All this is happening because banks are permitted to broker other financial products like Mutual Fund,Insurance all this helps in money laundering as banks are not accountable to regulators as they DEFY them.But it takes toll in banking standard.

    Babubhai Vaghela

    8 years ago

    Dr KC Chakrabarty need to be summarily dismissed from RBI for the sinister efforts to save skin of 3 leading Private Sector Banks.

    Brian Gerard Dsouza

    8 years ago

    When people have vested interests,they would try to shield just anyone to save their own skin.

    Brian Gerard Dsouza

    8 years ago

    so

    A BANERJEE

    8 years ago

    Well yes, it is suggestive that a high official of the RBI should give a certificate of innocence to the subject banks whereas it is public knowledge that money laundering for the mighty is quite permissible and is done in the system. As noted by MK Gupts, why the Dy Governor felt impelled to--or was he compelled?--argue for the named banks will perhaps remain shrouded in mystery. But, is it not suggestive that not a single political leader has yet not issued a statement or raised this issue? This in itself speaks volumes of the volume and extent of the menace. Not for nothing the Govt has not decided to take steps to bring back the wealth of the country stashed away abroad. It is well nigh impossible, given the political compulsions of our political leaders.

    MK Gupta

    8 years ago

    But, then, this is all well known. Why the Dy Governor of RBI offered his services to plead for these erring banks is a different matter that requires to be taken up at higher echelons of power lobby-in case someone is interested at all. But, this is the ground reality. And, there must be no doubt that the CBDT and its field offices have indeed been aware of this, as I had stated some time earlier. Will the CBI join the issue?

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