P Chidambaram, DK Shivkumar in custody, No bail for accused neta’s – Delhi HCby OPINIONEXPRESS.IN September 13, 2019 0 comments
Modi had started his tenure on a positive note. Realising that the burden of expectations weighed heavy on the BJP-led government, the Union cabinet in its first meeting decided to set up a SIT to unearth black money. Since then, the NDA government carried out various steps to root out corruption and tackle the menace of black money. The jury is still out on whether corruption has been minimised through all the initiatives in the last five years.
The most controversial of all decisions of the Modi government has been demonetisation. Despite the government’s claims, the move to weed out black money from the system had limited success. The government and the BJP had countered this by saying more income tax was collected and even the number of taxpayers had jumped manifold.
The Modi government’s other legislative reforms like strengthening double taxation avoidance agreements, the PMLA and Benami Property Act to combat corruption were overshadowed by the escape of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi. The Modi government since then has been working to get back these “fugitives” as the opposition parties, particularly the Congress, had mounted attacks on the BJP.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for another reform to stop the pilferage or misuse of government subsidies by transferring them through the direct benefit transfer route. Linking of Aadhaar cards with PAN and auction of coal blocks and other resources were highlighted as steps towards curbing corruption.
As the 2014 campaign was also marked by promises to bring to book all the big fish and political leaders accused of corruption, the investigations and legal action only picked up in Modi’s second tenure when Amit Shah took over the critical Home Ministry. The investigation agencies sharpened the focus on P. Chidambaram, his son Karti Chidambaram, DK Shivkumar and Robert Vadra under various cases of financial irregularities. IT & ED raids are being conducted against some of the opposition leaders including aides of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Many of the leaders are in jail and property of many corrupt leaders are sealed by the authorities for good. Government has taken a bold measures in terminating corrupt bureaucrats and businesses are scared of the law agencies.