Corruption has been the hallmark of Indian democracy. Ranked as one of the most corrupt nations in the world according to international watchdogs, it is a veritable gold-mine for bureacrats, red-tapists and corrupt profiteers. In all this mania of corruption, one person recently outdid all others in terms of the scale of irregularities, as well as the blatant abuse of the highest office in the land. We are talking of none other than the once-darling Brahmin Prime Minister of India, Narasimha Rao. His caste is beyond any doubt, thus The Week described him as : " Narasimha Rao, the last Brahmin to lead the party " [ `The great leveller,' The Week, Jan. 18, 1998 ] Other articles were more forthright in their condemnation of him : " Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, ... the wily Brahmin." [ `Sharad Pawar: Rao's Challenger In Congress,' Darius Jilla India World News, 13 December 1995 ]
Indian Express, Saturday, September 30, 2000
Rao becomes first former PM to be convicted
EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 29: Former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was convicted by a special court in the JMM bribery case today. This is the first time in the history of Indian democracy that a former PM is convicted.
Judge Ajit Bharioke also convicted former Union minister Buta Singh while acquitting the other nine co-accused including Bhajan Lal and Satish Sharma.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had charged Rao with bribing MPs belonging to the Janata Dal (Ajit) and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) for voting in favour of his minority Congress government during the no-confidence motion passed against it Lok Sabha in 1993.
Former Union ministers Captain Satish Sharma and Ajit Singh, former Rajya Sabha MP V. Rajeshwar Rao, former Haryana chief minister Bhajan Lal, former Karanataka chief minister M. Veerappa moily, former Karnataka Ministers, H.M. Revanna and Ramalinga Reddy and Bangalore-based liquor barons D.K.Adikesavulu and M. Thimmegowda were acquitted due to lack of concrete evidence against them in the case.
The CBI, in 1997, had charge-sheeted all 11 accused for criminal conspiracy and corruption after JMM MP Shailendra Mahato had turned approver in the case. Mahato had told the court that he along with three other JMM MPs -- Shibu Soren, Suraj Mandal and Simon Marandi -- had received bribes of Rs 50 lakh each for voting in favour of Rao's minority government in Parliament's monsoon session in July 1993. Special Judge Bharioke in his judgement said that there was sufficient evidence to prove the prosecution's case against accused Narasimha Rao and Buta Singh. The other co-accused were acquitted as the court granted them the benefit of doubt in the face of insufficient evidence. The offences carry a maximum punishment of seven years and a minimum of six months of rigorous imprisonment with fine. The quantum of sentence would be pronounced on October 11.
"The higher European officers generally view men and
things through Brahmin spectacles,and hence the deplorable ignorance they
exhibit in the concluding portions of this book what expedients are
these Brahmin officials for fleecing the Coonbee in the various
`Slavery,' by Mahatma Phule, Preface, transl. Dr. Jamanadas, http://dalitstan.org/books/slavery/
" Because of the red tapism and the 'skill with which the Bhat officer
to process the files, the tables of the English Collectors are so
clustered with the
files, that most of their time is taken up in deciding only the urgent
signing the papers thereof. "
`Slavery,' by Mahatma Phule, Part 14, transl. Dr. Jamanadas, http://dalitstan.org/books/slavery/
There has been no change since. The Anglo-Brahmin Empire was replaced by Brahmin Raj in 1947, and a horrible stream of corruption has continued since.
Times of India, 30th Sept. 2000
Law catches up with Rao, Buta in bribery case
By A Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI: P V Narasimha Rao became the first former Indian Prime Minister to be convicted in a criminal case on Friday. Rao, along with former Cabinet colleague Buta Singh, was convicted by a special court for bribing parliamentarians of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and other political parties in 1993 to buy their votes and save the minority Congress government against a no-confidence motion. The government survived the motion by a margin of 14 votes.
Pronouncing the judgment in a specially set up courtroom at Vigyan Bhavan, special judge Ajit Bharihoke acquitted the remaining nine accused, giving them the benefit of doubt. These included former chief ministers Bhajan Lal and M Veerappa Moily, former Karnataka ministers H M Revenna and Ramalinga Reddy, liquor barons D K Adikesavulu and N Thimme Gowda and former Rajya Sabha MP Rajeshwar Rao.
by Nambi Oraon
Volume 2, Issue 5, October 2000