A whistleblower from Damoh in Madhya Pradesh, who was acquitted in a corruption case after a 17-year-long legal battle, has expressed dissatisfaction over an order of the National Human Rights Commission. The NHRC treated his complaint as having been addressed to “other authority” and closed the case.

Nirmal Kumar Jain, 65, who had raised the issue of corrupt practices in the mid-1970s against a senior officer of the District Cooperative Bank, where he served as the Samiti Manager, was implicated in a case of graft in 1977. Even after his acquittal in 1993, following a protracted legal battle, he was not reinstated till 2002.

Mr. Jain, who approached the NHRC in December 1997, has been driven to penury and two of his children have since committed suicide. During the pendency of the case, two chairpersons of the NHRC wrote to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister seeking his personal intervention in the matter. On his reinstatement as a manager, Mr. Jain was offered the salary of a peon. He Jain turned down the offer and sought to pursue his case with the NHRC.

The NHRC, after giving a personal hearing to him, stated in its order of October 4, 2012, that Mr. Jain’s complaint was addressed to other authority with only a copy sent to the Commission.

“The authority is expected to take appropriate action in the matter. Hence, no action is called for,” ruled the NHRC. Mr. Jain has expressed dissatisfaction over the order. He came to the Capital last week with plans to begin an indefinite fast until he gets justice.

“I had to return home because my wife is ill. I will continue to raise questions about the way my case was dealt with and seek justice,” Mr. Jain told The Hindu from Damoh on Saturday.


  • Nirmal Kumar Jain had raised the issue of corruption against a senior officer of the District Cooperative Bank

  • He was implicated in a case of graft in 1977 and acquitted in 1993 after a protracted legal battle


  • Nirmal Kumar Jain had raised the issue of corrupt practices against officer of District Coop Bank

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