The India Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI) today shot off a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh demanding fair and prompt investigation in corruption cases against former Chief Minister of Jharkhand Madhu Koda. The IRI has also sought proper protection to officers investigating Koda’s case.
Calling upon the PM to arrest the prevailing corrupt tendency with iron hand, the IRI said all “Kodas” must find themselves in jail to remain there till the poor regained their right to live.
IRI- a group of high profile serving and retired bureaucrats seeking probity abd transparency in public life- has also sought similar investigation against leaders of other political parties.
Retired IAS officer SAT Rizvi in the letter to the Prime Minister said that corrosive effect of corruption and felony in public life had acquired dangerous proportions that had also endangered the country’s unity and integrity because of political goons backed by plundered money.
The serving IAS officers in the IRI are additional Cabinet Secretary VS Pandey, Raju Sharma, Renuka Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Jasvir Singh (IPS) and chairman state public service commission SR Lakha.
“On no account whatsoever should the money trail be allowed to go cold. The guilty must be brought to justice through special court in a time bound manner. We also urge you to bring to justice all accomplices including bureaucrats”, Rizvi wrote to Dr Singh.
Rizvi said that due to immunity to “big fish”, the small ones are engaged in harassing and fleecing the people. Rizvi said further said “ a well known leader of a leading political party in UP has also only recently emerged as a villain who specializes in corrupt practices of all kind”.
In the backdrop of the prevailing corrupt situation, Rizvi said action taken against Koda had no doubt raised some hope that the law would eventually catch up the big fish.
“But we are deeply disturbed that corrupt occupying influential and powerful positions and their cahoots are congregating and making a concerted efforts to derail the investigations”, Rizvi said, adding attack on son of a income tax officer involved in probe had come as a warning to other members of the team. He said any such efforts should be effectively thwarted by the central government.
Expressing concern over money and muscle power in politics Rizvi said “the number or millionaires contesting parliamentary/assembly elections now exceeds the actual number of seats contested”. This is not a welcome scenario, he said.