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Updated: February 11, 2014 00:49 IST

Corruption a two-way street: CBI Director

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The CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday said “collusive corruption” in which there is a willing bribe-giver is emerging as a “formidable” challenge for institutions fighting corruption. File photo
The Hindu The CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday said “collusive corruption” in which there is a willing bribe-giver is emerging as a “formidable” challenge for institutions fighting corruption. File photo

The Central Bureau of Investigation Director Ranjit Sinha on Monday inaugurated the 7th five-day Interpol Global Programme on “Anti-Corruption, Financial Crime and Asset Recovery” on Monday.

“Targeting the supply-side of corruption is an imperative and India is in the process of addressing this emerging area as part of various measures that are being adopted to make the Indian legal framework compliant to the United Nations Convention against Corruption,” said Mr. Sinha on the occasion.

Sixty-two participants from various countriesare attending the programme.

He observed that the proposed Prevention of Corruption Act Amendment Bill, 2013, criminalises active bribery in consonance with the international standards.

Stating that corruption was a two-way street, the CBI Director said collusive corruption was today a big challenge.

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The Citizens are put as square peg on a round table, the corruption is rampant and there is no way out yet,
The poor citizens have no alternative to get the things done in any offices as every work is assigned fixed route,without bribe it never pass through why,it is so where is the way out.
All investigating agencies are under the control of government that is elected government only and unaccountable except to the party high commands.
CBI itself experiencing the bottleneck in arresting the corruptions in high offices let alone at lower levels.

from:  Khandadhi Balakrishna
Posted on: Feb 11, 2014 at 15:09 IST

The citizen of the Republic have become 'Benumbed' by the onslaught of this menace
which has now got the cover of what is also known as "Quid pro quo".Most take it philosophically that even Gods need 'offerings" for a favor so why blame the mortals.Ethics apart,the very fear of asking/taking the monetary inducement to get some thing done has just vanished.A 'lost' hope was revived by Anna Hazare movement and one can only be an eternal optimist to hope a change, some day, in the not so distant future.

from:  Arun Mehta
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 18:03 IST

Come on, wake up. Come of age. This is a country where an ordinary
citizen gets paid (?!!!) for exercising his democratic right, voting.
All the more worse when its a by election. People do accept money and
sell their votes. In some cases, they do accept from both the parties.
The triumph will come only when at least 95% of the people stand up
and say they do not want the money (we can't change the other 5%). But
I do not think that would ever happen in this country. Hence
corruption is part and parcel of our socio political culture. We get
aghast only when the earlier corruption record is beaten by the newer
one. When Lalu was initially charged for a 900 crore fodder scam,
we're in shock. And after seeing 2G, we feel, Lalu's better.

It simply cannot go away as long as our current polity is there. We
better live with it. It's like 'Accepting our Destiny'. Else get out
of this Country where Corruption is ostensibly lesser.

from:  Kalaimani M
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 17:22 IST

Come on, wake up. Come of age. This is a country where an ordinary
citizen gets paid (?!!!) for exercising his democratic right, voting.
All the more worse when its a by election. People do accept money and
sell their votes. In some cases, they do accept from both the parties.
The triumph will come only when at least 95% of the people stand up
and say they do not want the money (we can't change the other 5%). But
I do not think that would ever happen in this country. Hence
corruption is part and parcel of our socio political culture. We get
aghast only when the earlier corruption record is beaten by the newer
one. When Lalu was initially charged for a 900 crore fodder scam,
we're in shock. And after seeing 2G, we feel, Lalu's better.

It simply cannot go away as long as our current polity is there. We
better live with it. It's like 'Accepting our Destiny'. Else get out
of this Country where Corruption is ostensibly lesser.

from:  Kalaimani M
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 17:17 IST

If this were to be one of those vacuous talks given at an Interpol-
organised worshop,I would agree to his points.But,when viewed from the
compromised delivery systems of the Govt,his arguments do not fly.The
CBI is,quite possibly,understaffed in the manpower area for
investigators.How about private participation in investigations?If this
was given fillip, the CBI could open a number of fronts and use agencies
specialized in such service delivery. CBI and local Police Force would
benifit by this method.with no additional outlay on salaries
&welfare,physical policing could be strengthened with the uniformed
personnel,freed from the tedious and painstaking work of
investigations.Methods are a plenty to ensure these private personnel
are not hijacked for doctoring investigation reports.Banks depend on
private parties for filling ATMs,why not CBI/Police on similar private
providers for investigators?

from:  Alex Thomas
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 17:15 IST

While it might be a two way street, the public cannot wait in certain
circumstances for the CBI to assist them in rooting out corruption.
The fundamental hatred towards the bribe takers is that they
manipulate by sitting on files that are time bound. Take the case of
the Indian ambassador to US claiming that he would be tempted to say
"he is out for lunch", when a US company approaches him with a problem
in India. This is a classic example of how bribes are demanded. The
official concerned will be out for lunch or on chai break every time
he /she is approached, now the bribe giver has no other choice but to
inititate "bribe talks"...

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 16:49 IST

Law abiding Indians respect their democratic institutions, judiciary &
constitution. Yet, the elite loot with impunity! The President:
“[fault-lines] are the handiwork of those who have made power a
gateway to greed.... Corruption ... erodes democracy ... [wastes]
national resources” (Jan 14); AND Christine Lagarde, MD of IMF: "In
India, the net worth of the billionaire community increased twelve-
fold in 15 years, enough to eliminate absolute poverty in this country
twice over. ... a severely skewed income distribution harms the pace
and sustainability of growth over the longer term ... it can tear the
precious fabric that holds our society together." (source: IMF).

So will we now blame the widow for bribing officials to get her
husband’s body released for burial? And demand that labourer families
prove their uprightness by letting their babies die without medical
treatment rather than pay Rs 100 bribe (as happened recently)? Is this
good governance and justice in 21st century India?

from:  D Mahapatra
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 16:32 IST

The CBI Director has got the term wrong. It is 'collaborative or co-
operative corruption'. He has given wrong connotation to corruption.
We love corruption and corrupt netas. We only hate anarchy and
transparency in public life. If you are following processes correctly,
comply with order, adhere to the Constitution but corrupt, that is
quite fine really. You can blame it on system; it is the price of
keeping democracy going, to get debates flourish in TV channels,
intellectuals will argue when people have to bribe for ration
cards,driving licences, paying money to be treated in government
hospitals, when they die pay more money for getting body out of
mortuaries.... BUT remember we sill have democracy, elections every 5
years, people vote, the elected representatives democratically debate
in assemblies, parliament... if you have money you can appeal up to
Supreme Court. We have a vibrant democracy where Sonia appoints PM,
Yadav apponts his son Jr. Yadav...feudal, you must be crazy!

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 16:01 IST

Mr Sinha, A straight question...Did you or your family member ever
visited another government office/agency for any type of work? Probably
you might have used either agency or influence to get your works done. A
common citizen do not have an iota of hope on Indian govt servants. Stop
all these unwanted talks and act on.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 16:00 IST

When 'givers' to India takes place, the 'giving' countries' Governments
take action on them, but the 'receivers' Government does not !!.

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 15:01 IST

There needs to be a clear and acceptable definition for corruption. The
foremost question in one's mind is " Is giving tips to a waiter in a
hotel a corrupt deed? (The owners themselves allow it). Hence, before
trying to eradicate the evil, let us try to define it.

from:  S. Ramakrishnasayee
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 14:57 IST

When 'givers' to India take place, the 'giving' countries' Governments
take action on them, but not the recipient country Government !!.

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 14:48 IST

What can supply side do about it?
Heck, my application to pay property tax wont be processed if I dont give Rs.5000 as bribe to the tax accessor. do you believe that?
now I have to give bribe even to pay my tax.

from:  Jamey
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 14:48 IST

Mr Sinha, we all know the theory and we also understand your compulsion to talk
about lofty principles since the Interpol is a platform for you to showcase your
'wisdom' to the outside world.

Perhaps you or your family never had to endure extortion, intimidation, humiliation
and apathy of government officials because you are part of the 'elite' ruling class of
India. But do you understand that there are willing bribe givers (the supply side, as
you say) because the babus and politicians have colluded to establish an 'unofficial'
system where bribe giving/taking is part of the process. Anyone who does not
understand this set up is a loser.

Even if someone is willing to fight for his/her rights the redressal process is so slow
that it is virtually ineffective.

Regards

from:  Nirmal Kumar
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 14:45 IST

Do something about it. So much talk, comments and discussion going on for years about corruption. Have we not had enough of wringing hands, chest beating and what not ?. Take the lead and do something about it, like other nations.

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Feb 10, 2014 at 14:17 IST
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