27 January, 2021

Nemesis Nears

Rao and a host of politicians are charged in the bribery scam

Nemesis Nears

WHILE the nation was glued to the CBI's onslaught on Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav for his role in the fodder scam last week, charges were framed against another breed of politicians. On May 6, additional sessions judge Ajit Bharihoke charged P.V. Narasimha Rao and 20 other top politicians with hatching a criminal conspiracy to save his government on July 28, 1993, by paying off MPs and engineering defections during an Opposition-sponsored no-trust vote. Scheduling the trial for May 14, the judge said there was enough "preliminary evidence" against Rao and others to file criminal conspiracy charges under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, thereby agreeing with the CBI contention that the former prime minister had handed out bribes. Bharihoke also categorised the accused into two groups: those who abetted the crime, and those who received bribes.

While Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MPs Suraj Mandal, Shibu Soren and Simon Marandi have been charged separately with "fabricating" false documents...



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