In the last few months, some seriously rich and powerful people have been sent to Tihar Jail on charges of corruption, forgery and defrauding the government. Let's not forget that these are allegations whose veracity has to be proved through painstaking investigations with formidable evidence as well as a trial in a court of law. At the time of writing, about a dozen odd well-connected individuals involved in what is infamously called the Rs 1,79,000 crore 2G scam are cooling their heels in Delhi's Tihar Jail.
Ever since Supreme Court (SC) took charge of overseeing the investigation into the 2G spectrum scam and began cranking the inertia-ridden Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into furious action, a section of the country's corporate sector, for the first time, seems very uncertain about staying away from jail. This is perhaps for the first time since independence that top honchos of the corporate sector have had to present themselves at the CBI office for questioning.
In his last days, an ailing Arjun Singh sat silently, sphinx-like, in the living room of his Akbar Road residence in Delhi, giving an impression of disinterestedness and ennui about what was really
It was perhaps in 1951 that the Pakistani police arrested some key communist party leaders, including famous writer Sajjad Ali Zaheer and legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz, for conspiring to overthrow
In 2009, I went to Berne and Geneva to investigate illegal Indian funds squirreled in Swiss banks, especially the case of the mysterious Pune-based stud farm owner Hasan Ali Khan, who had $6 billio
Just the other day, a well-informed political commentator perceptively remarked that every 10-15 years, Indian society and politics goes through a period of churning and tumult that leads to much desired catharsis. While it is true that Indian politics does indeed go through turmoil every now and then, one is not sure whether it ushers the necessary changes in our society.
Earlier this year I got a sheaf of papers carrying some intercepts and analysis of Delhi lobbyist Niira Radia's telephonic conversations with politicians, businessmen, bureaucrats and journalists.
As darkness settled on an October sky illuminated by laser beams and fire crackers bringing about a colorful and noisy end to a controversial Commonwealth Games (CWG), it became apparent that the festivity and levity of the 12-day sporting event would be quickly forgotten.
Expectedly, next morning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced his resolve to find out why the CWG came close to be scuppered. He also promised to find out those who bilked the system to make big profits in these games.