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Biz houses maintain MPs, says former intel chief

A former Economic Intelligence Bureau chief has in a telltale book revealed how business houses maintain MPs to influence government decision-making in their favour.

delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2011 23:22 IST
Sanjib Kr Baruah

A former Economic Intelligence Bureau chief has in a telltale book revealed how business houses maintain MPs to influence government decision-making in their favour.

“Most business houses maintain liaison officers in Delhi who act as contact points with politicians and bureaucrats…to get clearances as fast as one can. It is also to ensure that no obstacles are created for their ongoing business or new ventures,” BV Kumar, former director-general, Economic Intelligence Bureau, said.

Kumar says cash transactions may not be possible for some reputed industrial houses whose transactions are fully recorded. “When they are forced to procure cash to meet any eventuality, they approach some businessmen who can provide the necessary cash against bogus purchase orders.”

A revenue service officer who held various important posts, including Narcotics Control Bureau director-general, Kumar’s book ‘The Darker Side of Black Money’ says the “idea of the book is to show how there is demand for secret money, how it is generated and for what purpose it is utilised.”

Dwelling on the fact that corruption has ceased to be an issue among the political parties, Kumar writes that most show interest in exposing corruption when they are in the Opposition.

“Once they succeed either in pulling down the government or bringing about a change, they lose interest. This is because corruption has become all-pervasive and substantial amounts have been received at some stage or the other, by politicians of all hues either for themselves or for their party.”

Former national security adviser and intelligence bureau chief MK Narayanan, in the foreword to the book, writes: “The publication of ‘The Dark Side of Black Money’ could not have been better timed.”