Chautala and his ill-gotten wealth
The Chautala family's overall notoriety lend it the required credibility to this news. So, let Chautalas' reaction from USA be taken at face value and the benami properties be taken over by the Govt. And if there is sufficient proof then this 'mafia' family should be prosecuted by the law and put behind bars! The same holds true of most of the politicians with similar track record.india Updated: May 05, 2006 18:56 IST
This is shocking news! But then not surprising.
Bearing in mind the depiction of India as one of the very corrupt countries, the news is quite credible. Even apart from that Chautala family's overall notoriety lend it the required credibility. So, let Chautalas' reaction from USA be taken at face value and the benami and other doubtful properties be taken over by the Government.
And if there is sufficient proof, which cannot be lacking if due diligence is applied, then this mafia-type family should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and put behind bars!
In the same vein, most of the politicians have similar track record. They too should be investigated and punished. I do not know the provisions of the law, but once prima facie case is established, the burden of proof should be shifted to the accused.
In the present day, this I know is tall order. However, a beginning must be made and this is the time as good as any.
One final word: imagine if all of the fortune stashed away by politicians and their crony through their corrupt ways were to be recovered, India's poverty index will read "zero" in no time! Alas, that day is far away, if at all it is there! For, barring a few, these politicians at all levels are "Birds of the Same Feather".