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जागल्यांचं सबलीकरण

The real fighters against corruption are the whistle-blowers.

 

The translations of EPW Editorials have been made possible by a generous grant from the H T Parekh Foundation, Mumbai. The translations of English-language Editorials into other languages spoken in India is an attempt to engage with a wider, more diverse audience. In case of any discrepancy in the translation, the English-language original will prevail.

 

An important, yet overlooked, aspect of the recent Nirav Modi case, where the jeweller and his associates have been charged with a bank fraud estimated at11,400 crore, is the role of the whistle-blower. In 2016, Bengaluru-based Hari Prasad had alerted the Prime Ministers Office and the Registrar of Companies about major irregularities by Nirav Modis partner, Mehul Choksi, owner of Gitanjali Gems. Despite this, no action was taken and Choksis name only emerged after Prasad spoke to the media about his earlier warning.

That the authorities did not take these warnings seriously is now a familiar story. Starting from 2003, when a young engineer, Satyendra Dubey, was murdered for exposing corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project, the fate of a series of whistle-blowers has been dire. While some like Dubey are killed, others have faced threats and violence, or their warnings are ignored. These incidents receive episodic media and public attention.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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