BANGARU IN JAIL VALIDATES TEHELKA STING
Refer to ‘ Bangaru Laxman Convicted for Taking Bribe’, 27 April.
The conviction of former BJP president and former Union minister Bangaru Laxman is bound to send a strong message to those politicians who’re milking their positions to get rich. The BJP may have dissociated itself from Laxman but the stigma may not go away for a long time. I hope the conviction sends out a message and instils fear in the minds of politicians and bureaucrats.
RJ KHURANA, ON EMAIL
Given the evidence on camera, former BJP chief Bangaru Laxman’s conviction in the infamous bribery case was a foregone conclusion. In its wake, the footage of Bangaru accept- ing wads of cash from TEHELKA journalists was telecast umpteen times to refresh public memory, as is TV channels’ wont these days. The verdict has also come as a clear vindication of the TEHELKA undercover team’s journalistic practice of conducting sting operations to expose corruption in high places. Lame excuses such as “the sting was an entrapment”, “the Congress-led government influenced the CBI to expedite the case” by red-faced BJP spokespersons don’t carry much conviction. They won’t remove this taint of corruption. If more egregious offenders are roaming free while Bangaru is behind bars, the system is to blame. Corruption — the subversion of public good for private gain — is so rife in our country’s politics, administration and business that we have become accustomed to hearing about scandals on a daily basis. The core issue here is the prevalence of corruption in the body-politic, cutting across political lines and not the level of corruption in each party.
G DAVID MILTON, ON EMAIL
TEHELKA stands vindicated. It must be a moment of pride for the entire team. I remember the days when TEHELKA was harassed and hunted by the powers that be. But it stood the test, standing for justice and a corrupt-free administration. The government has to learn not to indulge in such witch-hunts. The common man also stands solidly behind TEHELKA and joins it in thanking all eminent persons who supported it in times of difficulty. TEHELKA continues to expose corruption in arms deals. It is sad that the government has still not reformed and streamlined the procedure.
JACOB SAHAYAM, ON EMAIL
Congratulations TEHELKA! You should move on, come what may. A lamp in the darkness. Go forth and shine.
KM VINSON, ON EMAIL