17 January, 2021

Filtering The Scandal

Politicians feel that the ITC case highlights the need for a rethink on outdated laws

Filtering The Scandal

MOST surprisingly, politicians are maintaining a low profile on ITC’s alleged $100-million FERA violation. In contrast to the usual practice of fishing in troubled waters and pontificating on issues of ‘national interest’, no party has come out with an official statement on the case. When Outlook attempted to probe what politicians had to say on the largest FERA violation to date, most shied away though a few did speak their mind. Politicians of the ruling United Front (UF) were especially tight-lipped about the ITC case. CPI(M) bosses evaded repeated calls. "I have nothing to say on ITC. The problem is, I belong to the UF," said Janata Dal leader Jaipal Reddy. Exceptions were Amar Singh, MP and Samajwadi Party general secretary, and Gurudas Dasgupta, MP and veteran CPI leader.

Is ITC being victimised? Obviously, there is no consensus on the pertinent question—whether ITC was being singled out and victimised at the behest of an ‘outside agency’. Says Praful Patel, Congress MP and bidi king, who is accused of...



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