01 October, 2020

Many High-Profile UPA-Era Corruption Cases Losing Steam

Nearly five years after riding to power, PM Narendra Modi’s vow to punish the “corrupt” appears to have run out of steam.

Agusta Westland helicopter deal, 2013
UPA-1 accused of favouring contract to Italian company Finmeccanica for VVIP helicopters; bribes allegedly paid to government and military officials
Accused: Middlemen, politicians and military officials
Arrest: IAF chief SP Tyagi, his brother, and lawyer allegedly involved in the money transfer
Status: One chargesheet; middleman Christian Michel extradited to India. Court clears all suspects in Italy
Many High-Profile UPA-Era Corruption Cases Losing Steam
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2018-12-29T11:01:24+05:30

Not a long time ago, the 2G Spectrum allocation case was seen by many as the mother of all scams in India; the flagship of institutionalised corruption under the Congress-led UPA government, the BJP would tell us. In Dece­mber 2017, a special court acquitted all accused, including A Raja, the telecom minister during UPA-1. The special judge ruled tha there was no evidence against the accused despite the Enforcement Directorate insisting there was a clear money trail. The ED and CBI have appealed in the Delhi High Court while A Raja has released his memoirs.

Nearly five years after riding to power, PM Narendra Modi’s vow to punish the “corrupt” appe­ars to have run out of steam. Many high-profile cases of alle­ged corruption, often cited by Modi in the run-up to the 2014 polls, too are stalled in different stages. Out of 15-odd major cases, there have been convictions in some cases of the coal block allo­cation scam, in one of which former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda was sentenced to three years in jail, though suspended later. (See...

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