Eastern Eye (UK)

Indian politician­s facing corruption claims


SEVERAL senior MPs have been disqualifi­ed from Indian legislatur­es in the past, including a state chief minister.

Indira Gandhi, Rahul’s grandmothe­r, was briefly forced out of the chamber by a court decision in 1977 while she was prime minister.

Gandhi himself faces at least two other defamation cases in the country and a money-laundering case that has been snaking its way through India’s glacial legal system for more than a decade.

The former Congress president and Rahul’s mother, Sonia Gandhi, last year was questioned by the financial crime agency which is investigat­ing allegation­s of money-laundering against the Gandhi family. They deny any wrongdoing.

Federal investigat­ors in February arrested Manish Sisodia, the second-in-command of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which governs New Delhi on allegation­s he had corruptly benefited from reforms to the capital’s liquor licensing rules.

Sisodia and his party have denied wrongdoing. The arrest was in connection with an investigat­ion into a liquor policy introduced by Delhi’s city government last year. He is being held on remand in jail.

The party is seeking to supplant Congress as the main opposition to Modi’s government and its members have called the arrest politicall­y motivated.

Satyendar Jain, of the AAP and Delhi’s former health minister, was arrested by the financial crime agency for alleged money laundering last year, a charge his party denies. He is also being held on remand.

Tejashwi Yadav, of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and deputy chief minister of the eastern state of Bihar, has been summoned multiple times in recent months by the Central Bureau of Investigat­ion (CBI) in connection with a probe into corruption, media say.

Last May, the CBI filed a corruption case against Yadav’s father, Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former federal railway minister, and other members of his family, alleging they bought cheap land in exchange for jobs during Lalu’s term from 2004 to 2009, according to media. Yadav, his family and party deny wrongdoing.

In February, Indian tax authoritie­s raided the BBC’s local offices, weeks after the broadcaste­r aired a documentar­y on Modi’s conduct during deadly sectarian riots decades ago.

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