The Congress party and the UPA government are already battling daily with various allegations of corruption. Tamil weekly magazine Ananda Vikatan in its issue dated 2-2-2011 has explained the continuing scams in Congress-UPA Goverbment giving tile as “Corruption Congress”. We are telling the Tamil story thro “You Tube.”
2G Spectrum Scam.
Former Telecom Minister A Raja was today [2-2-2011] arrested along with his two former associates in connection with the 2G spectrum scam. Raja arrived at the CBI headquarters this morning, a day after his brother A K Perumal was questioned by the CBI about alleged funding of some front organisations owned by Telecom companies which had been allocated spectrum from October 2007 to January 2008, official sources said.
Raja, his former personal secretary R K Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Siddartha Behura were arrested for allegedly abusing their official position and manipulating the tendering procedures to benefit certain telecom companies in getting the spectrum.
Raja was forced to resign on November 14 last year in the wake of the CAG report which held that the spectrum allocation at undervalued prices resulted in a notional loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the state exchequer.
The Shunglu Committee has indicted Lalli and Aruna Sharma for allegedly causing Rs. 135 crore loss to the exchequer in awarding to the British firm the broadcasting rights for the Commonwealth Games.
The Shunglu report said: “There were deliberate delays in following schedules, creating emergency situations leaving virtually no option for re-tender or for exploring other competitive avenues in the face of high rates quoted”.
“Acts of omission and commission, including suppression of critical information necessary for informed decisions, undue favours to service providers, inappropriate changes in contractual terms and terms and conditions and false recording of minutes by key functionaries were also observed,” the report added.
A day after registering a case in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the CBI carried out searches at premises in Maharashtra and Bihar of three main accused, including a retired Army officer and a Congress leader, named in the FIR.
The searches were conducted at the residences and other places of the society’s general secretary R.C. Thakur, retired Brigadier M M Wanchoo and Congress leader K.L. Gidwani in various parts of Maharashtra and Bihar.
The office of the Adarsh society located in posh Colaba here was among the places raided. The raids come a day after the CBI filed an FIR naming 13 people, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and some retired senior Army officials.
The Bofors ghost returned to haunt the Congress party with an income tax tribunal saying that kickbacks of Rs 41 crore were paid to late Win Chaddha and Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi in the Howitzer gun deal and that they are liable to pay tax in India on such income.
Quattrocchi was known to be close to the Gandhi family and tribunal’s observations in the Bofors episode may have come at an inopportune time for the Congress and the government. Quattrocchi left India in 1993 even as a CBI case was filed on kickbacks in the deal.
People must take a vow in not voting for the corrupted politicians.