Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Amar Pratap Singh on Friday told school students to join the war on corruption by spreading awareness about its adverse impact in society.
Singh was in the middle of an informal interaction with a group of unlikely visitors to the CBI's air-conditioned Lodhi Road headquarters. These visitors were the students of the Delhi-based Sanskriti School, numbering about 70.
"Involving school students in the fight against corruption is the only way. It will produce excellent results. The students should influence their parents, relatives and peers and begin an informal movement against corrupt practices in daily life," Singh said.
He also asked teachers to "inculcate in school children a strong sense of morality and correctness".
In turn, these students of Class 9 asked probing questions about his agency's corruption investigations. "How does corruption impact the life of the poor?" asked a student.
Others wanted to know how corruption corrodes the work of the police. Then there were questions about the phenomenon of "black money and its impact on society" and how the use of "internet and social networking can tackle corruption".
Deputy inspectors general of the CBI, investigating key anti-corruption cases, also interacted with these children. Agency officials made the students aware of the gadgets and techniques used by the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in investigation.