BAN­GARU IN JAIL VAL­I­DATES TEHELKA STING

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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

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