Yesterday's rising scams
Once they were the headlines. Now they're a forgotten story. But the release of transcripts of Telgi in conversation with politicians has brought scams back in focus. An update.india Updated: Aug 19, 2006 04:08 IST
Stamp Paper Scam: While Telgi languishes in jail, politicians suspected to have patronised him are roaming free. Various cases registered in the matter are likely to take time. Whether the HIV-infected Telgi will live to face trial is another story.
Fodder Scam: Even as various cases relating to the fodder scam hang fire in the Bihar and Jharkhand courts, prime accused Lalu Yadav enjoys his status as Railway Minister in the UPA Government at the Centre. It’s only recently that a Jharkhand court concluded trial in one of the cases, resulting in the conviction of at least some accused.
Tehelka Scam: Five years after a shocked nation watched the then BJP chief Bangaru Lakshman accept a bribe from a fictitious arms dealer, the trial is finally set to take place with the CBI filing a chargesheet in a Delhi court. But politicians haven’t learnt a lesson as subsequent ‘sting’ operations have shown MPs seeking cash for asking questions in Parliament.
Coffin Scam: Though the CBI has registered an FIR in this case, the agency has said that in 13 of the 25 Kargil purchase cases referred to it, no criminality has been found. The UPA government put its own foot in its mouth by giving the NDA government a clean chit in Kargil purchases, only to retract later.
Urea Scam: Even after a decade, the trial in the Rs 133 crore urea scam is far from over. Two executives of the Turkish Firm Karsan along with their London-based Brazilian agent, who were extradited to face trial in the case, are out on bail along with the Indian co-accused. Not a single grain of urea reached India despite the whole contract money being paid in advance.
CGHS Scam: The Delhi High Court-monitored CBI probe has revealed a builder-politician-bureaucrat nexus in the capital. Fictitious group housing societies got land allotted at cheap rates and the flats built were sold at higher prices. Cases relating to the scam are at various levels of investigation.