Hoarders and Black-Marketers Rule Orissa; Supply Secretary blames the Media: What a Govt!

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

As long as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is not rejected by the people, how much massive may be allegations against them, they shall continue to govern Orissa, assert the tainted ministers sans any shame.

But Supply Secretary Madhusudan Padhy has made it clear that hoarders and black-marketers de facto rule the State at the moment. He has blamed the media for creation of this situation, as according to him, the publicity given to the approaching cyclonic storm has precipitated panic purchase and resultant black market.

The Supply Secretary’s statement has two confessions: one, media activism in making people aware of impending dangers is not appreciated by this government and two, hoarders and black-marketers are having their heydays in Orissa.

Mark what various Oriya newspapers have headlined today on hoarding and back-marketing.

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The words used and style applied are different, but what they convey has no difference. These headlines are on one specific item – potatoes.

This is the most sought after staple vegetable that has disappeared from the market. Whosoever can afford, get it from the black market at exorbitant rate, all these newspapers say.

The ruling party has suffered the demise of its MP from Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency and therefore, winning the ensuing by-election has become the worst ever experience of challenge to it, in the aftermath of its co-founder and former finance minister Prafulla Ghadei’s scathing attack on Naveen Patnaik’s probity and political acumen . In order not to lose the election, Naveen is depending on money and ministers as a result of which a dozen of ministers including the supply minister are camping in Kandhamal constituency area. Money is to flow into the constituency from as many sources as possible.

When political parties need money to expose the ruling party’s misrule in election times, the ruling party needs more money to overcome the impact of its misrule and, everybody knows, coffers of a ruling party can get the desired flow only if black markets are allowed to swell.

And, that is what exactly is happening now. And, if this reading is not incorrect, there is no possibility of any leash on black market till votes are sealed in EVMa in Kandhamal.

What a government!

Police a scourge: State Silent!

We have received the following information from Rabi Pradhan, which in our view deserves serious attention of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. This report confronts him with how in his regime, the Police has become the scourge. We will welcome his response. Below is reproduction of what Mr. Pradhan has posted in http://cgnetswara.org and preferred us to share:

Police took my brother 18 months back, We suspect they killed him, Pls help…

Rabi Pradhan is talking to Mahesh Samrath from Naranguda village under Tandki Panchayat, Korukonda block Dist.Malkangiri, Orissa, who says police picked his brother in April 2013 and he has not returned home since. The person who was picked with him tells that his brother Tularam was killed by police.

Here hear the audio.

He appeals to Human Rights defenders to help them by giving a call collector@9437030223, SP@9438035100 to tell them about his brother. Rabi@ 8895541417
– See more at: http://www.cgnetswara.org/index.php?id=47639#sthash.Tin4PKaO.dpuf

In the matter of Asok Mohanty, CBI owes an explanation; and the Supreme Court too

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

A person’s right not to be victimized by law is of utmost importance; and more important than even the Supreme Court.

It is the matter of immense solace for people of Orissa that the Supreme Court has ordered for and monitoring the CBI inquiry into chit fund felonies that have played havoc with lives of lakhs of our people. So, if CBI creates an environment where viewable discrepancies whip up doubts in public mind on impartiality of investigation, not only the CBI should owe explanations, but also the Supreme Court, on ground of why more questionable persons are left untouched when persons in accidental connection with an offense are thrown into rigors of law.

This site was the first to have posted the breaking analysis on a property transaction between a High Court Judge – Justice Laxmikant Mohapatra and a Chit fund offender – Pradeep Sethy. Core information for the analysis was picked up from input supplied by RTI activist Jayant Kumar Das, whose search for allocation of CDA plots from discretionary quota had revealed how Justice Mahapatra had bagged such a plot by cheating the CDA and had subsequently handed the plot over to a  chit fund mafia.

The judge had used the High Court letterhead to bag a monumental plot for residential purpose and before getting the lease deed executed in his favor, had de facto handed the same over to the chit fund cheat behind back of the CDA, while asking the CDA to allow the transfer, as he had, by then, already received Rs. 1 crore from Sethy in full satisfaction of the negotiated cost thereof, which was more than ten times of the amount he had paid to the CDA while accepting the plot.  He had told the CDA that the “negotiation” with Sethy over the plot “was because of my legal necessity”.

Interpreting the sequences, it was my firm fear that Justice Mohapatra had acted a conduit for Sethy in getting for him this major plot, which the later could never have got from CDA; and, therefore, I had stressed upon a judicial inquiry to find out why the “negotiation” with Sethy was Justice Mohapatra’s “legal necessity”. This may be perused at:

Judicial Enquiry Essential to determine if Justice Laxmikanta Mohapatra did not act a conduit for a Chit Fund Mafia

The discernible conduct of Justice Mohapatra not being becoming of a judge, Sethy appeared to me like a man who can make the judges dance.

As I looked deep into the matter, I found, despite having taken the plot de facto to his possession behind back of the CDA, and despite having transferred the same to his name from the name of Justice Mohapatra before the lease deed was executed; Sethy did not press on execution of the lease deed in his favor also, which legally and normally he should have done.

At this stage, Advocate General Asok Mohanty, as he then was, emerged on the scene. He took over the plot from Sethy at a cost of Rs.1.01 crore, even though the lease deed was not executed in his name.

Much ahead of CBI taking up investigation into this matter, in my breaking animadversion on the particular issue, I had noted, “A sitting Chief Justice of a High Court and an Advocate General of a State Government forming the triangle with a chit fund mafia over the plot in question, an enquiry by the Supreme Court of India into this scandal seems essential to cleanse the judicial system of misusers of their privileged positions. And, the sooner it is done, the better.”

It is good that under orders of the Supreme Court, the CBI has taken up the investigation. It has arrested Mr. Mphanty, interrogated him repeatedly even by taking him on remand from the court and has got him surrender his passport.

The CBI’s action so far,  as observed, does not suggest that he has been booked for any of his role as Advocate General of the State vis-à-vis the chit fund offense.

The CBI has taken him to task, as far as known so far, for his role as a purchaser of a house standing over the plot, which Sethy had purchased from Justice Mohapatra.

As we have noted from CBI version, there is discrepancy in the statement of Mr. Mohanty on payment of the cost of the building to Sethy. Even if one buys that, is purchasing a house against an amount of money which is not substantiated by bank accounts a crime for which the purchaser’s right, as a citizen, not to be victimized by law can be ignored?

I have not only posted the breaking discussion on this subject in these pages, but also have repeated my remarks, wherein Mr. Mohanty has been shown a vertex in the triangle of scandal drawn on the discussed plot.

But my question is: Why Justice Mohapatra’s role is not being investigated into? Is Mr. Mohanty being deliberately subjected to CBI action so that Justice Mohapatra may stay away from screening eyes of the public?

CBI owes an explanation on this issue and so also the Supreme Court, because, Justice Mohapatra, who is basically involved with Sethy in this matter, has not yet been subjected to investigation.

It pains when a Prime Minister’s jargon is nothing but nonsense

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Anybody can speak nonsense in India; but when a Prime Minister does, it pains.

I will cite Mr. Narendra Modi’s new slogan: Swachh Bharat – Clean India – to highlight the point.

After he came back from New York, his priority program got expressed in this slogan.

In his Madison Square Garden speech, he had declared his agenda of cleaning the river Ganga, as if Ganga is the only river of India.

However, on returning to New Delhi, he stressed on making India a clean country and as we saw, broom in hand, he commenced his new mission on October 2.

If he really wants India to be a clean and healthy land, he can do it, because the people have given him unprecedented majority in Parliament to do anything that may make India a good place to live in. And, removing filth from the streets of the country is certainly one such thing.

He has asked the people of India to co-operate with him in this mission. This is a very welcome step and is no nonsense.

Yet, it is nothing but nonsense, as I perceive, on two grounds.

No.1: Excrement

India has a more than 100 million stray dogs. Population of slum dwellers is no less than 65 millions, when urban homelessness has grown by 21% according to 2013 census. Hardly 3% of slum dwellers use latrine and the rest the street sides/sidewalks. In case of the homeless, roads are used for easing of bowels. When there is no home, where should be the latrines?

As per official census data (2013), the present citadel of Modi – New Delhi – has 46,724 homeless families. But this data suffers from serious under-counting according to housing rights activists.

Even if we accept the official data, at least 46,724 homeless families of New Delhi – with at least five members per family – use the street sides for passing their feces. In Modi’s home state, in the city of Surat in particular, there are 36,144 homeless families, who use the city as an open-air latrine. Look at any of the 4,041 statutory towns in India, the scenario is the same, not to speak of the rural India where less than 1% use latrines. When every homeless family has no other way than using street sides for excrement, the massive population of slum dwellers who are not considered homeless as they keep their heads under at least tarpaulin sheets spread, howsoever scantily, over hovels “where dwellings are unfit for human habitation” in terms of how a slum is defined in the Census report, also use the road sides as their latrines.

Over and above these 65 millions recognized slum dweller families and at least 10 millions heavily under-counted homeless families with 4.7 members per family in the average, there are at least 100 million stray dogs that, as often as they want, ease their bowels on the streets. And in every household, sans the slums, there are pet dogs – one in average – which their owners take to the streets for easing.

No.2: Inequality

Modi must have been inspired by the cleanliness, the New York City stands for. Good.

But here the scenario is different.

Absence of cleanliness in India is factored by absence of sense of belonging to the society which is caused by the commission agents in power after independence. And the scenario is never to be changed as long as sense of belonging to the society is not infused into the character of the people. And, sense of belonging to the society can only be generated by elimination of economic inequality, which can only be done by politicians not belonging to political economy of inequality. But Modi belongs to such a political party, the mainstay of which is political economy of inequality. To expect his administration to infuse into the common man the sense of belonging to the society is to expect a dead horse go at a gallop.

Personal experience

After returning from New York, I had tried to clean the feces of my dog in my hand with a plastic bag as the Americans do.

But I had to abandon the idea, as Bhubaneswar streets are not equipped with trash cans where I could have put the feces.

Moreover the streets are latrines to all the stray and pet dogs as well as to ever increasing slum dwellers. Footpaths often erected to provide profit to contractors – from whom payola comes to engineers and ministers – are mostly abandoned by pedestrians because of heavy deposits of human and animal feces. Modi should take it as a sample of what really is happening in India and accordingly draw up plans for the so-called Swachh Bharat, if he is talking no nonsense.

Suggestions

The concept of Swachh Bharat cannot click if cleanliness is not obtained in both sides of India’s condition – environmental and political.

Modi is not talking about removal of the environmental filth clamped on India by the ultra-high-net-rich.

He has, by his use of broom on a street, indicated that by Swachh Bharat he means cleaning of the roads and streets of the filth that harms human health.

The harmful filth on the roads and streets comes mainly from human and animal feces. To get rid of this, he is to immediately frame and promulgate a law for extermination of all stray dogs, making the same unchallengeable in any court of law, notwithstanding how much Menaka Gandhis hypocritically cry.

No animal is more precious than human beings.

All the street dogs must have to be killed and extinguished within six months, with samples of their breeds preserved in specific zoos/enclosures for academic study. All the streets must be provided with trash cans to be regularly cleaned by the designated offices and dog owners must be forced to collect the feces of their pet dogs while taking them on outing and deposit the same in the nearest trash can; with provisions of rigorous punishment for default. Urban areas, to begin with, must have to be equipped with appropriate cameras to catch the culprits who leave the feces of their animals unclean. Within at best one year, India can be cleansed of harmful filth on her roads/streets.

Necessity: Ceiling on wealth of the rich

Equipping roads with CCTV cameras, with watching manpower and prosecuting courts for speedy disposal of cases against dog owners violating cleanliness codes would require heavy investment, which the present exchequer of India cannot afford. Modi knows it. And, therefore, he knows, his call for cleanliness is just wordy acrobatics.

If it is not so, and if he is sincere, he must put a ceiling on private properties of the rich. No industrialist/trader of India can be permitted to invest in any country outside India. The money beyond the ceiling can be spent on Modi’s cleanliness program as suggested above.

Benevolence of ceiling on wealth

Ceiling on private wealth would give India two specific benefits. Besides equipping India with CCTV cameras to eliminate factors that make the roads unsafe and unclean, the excess money coming from the ceiling on wealth can be used for capital in the hands of the poor for their economic uplift. It would then eliminate the root cause of inequality by shortening the gap between the rich and the poor and by strengthening the exchequer to fund the programs for providing the poor with the best of education and training and the best of environment to live in tied up with their respective profession of agriculture, trade and industry. In other words, ceiling on private wealth shall stop corruption, exploitation and inequality and make the slogan of Swachh Bharat a practical reality.

Modi has the strength

For doing this, Modi has the necessary strength in Parliament, which even the founder Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru had missed. In the upper House, for this noble cause, there shall be no dearth of support to him.

If he does not take these steps, the slogan for Swachh Bharat would look like nothing but wordy acrobatics.

It really pains, when a Prime Minister jargonizes nonsense.

Corruption in Orissa: Insightful input from Mr. Arun Kumar Upadhyay

If patriotism could be found in form of a man, that man may be anybody in India; but certainly is the one known as Arun Kumar Upadhyay. A brilliant officer of Indian Police Service, he has been enriching Indian culture with his scriptural interpretations and input on socio-philosophical evolution of Indian society; and is a perfect example of how best a conscious citizen could stay active after retiring from government service, specifically in matters of public interest.

He has responded to a posting in these pages on October 3 with input emanating from personal experiences as a top level Police Officer. From the comment section we prefer to bring the same to our main page in view of its insightful relevance to misrule that has afflicted Orissa in the present regime.

He has named certain senior most police officers for the first time in a deeply disturbing scenario of maladministration. Lest that escape attention in the minor area of comments, we confront the concerned officers with the same here with status of a focused independent post.

The officers/persons named by Mr. Upadhyay should respond to it with their explanations, if any.

It is a fit case also for the CBI to take cognizance of, as without finding out the whole gamut of what has created the climate of corruption that it is investigating into, it cannot reach a credible conclusion.

Here is what Mr. Upadhyay has said:

Most clever and complicated methods were designed to loot money without any record or responsibility. Many officers suspected of honesty were kept for long without work. But a parallel fake record was created to give them charge of accounts. Many other officers were given multiple charges, sometimes up to 15 posts-just for making money. For example, I was kept without work at State Police Academy from 2004 to 2011 under orders of Chief Minister taken on a note-sheet which was to be thrown away to avoid any future enquiry. But Office Order No.426/SPA dt.26.8.2003, O/O No.250 dt.22.6.04 of State Police Academy showed that I was in charge of all accounts. To use this scheme, Joint Secretary of Union Home Ministry Sri D S Mishra was brought to my room by sri B N Jha,DIG (Modernization) on 23-7-2005 to take my approval on purchase of 1100 automatic rifles costing Rs 18 crore for which CM had put proposal on 30-6-2004 in State Assembly. The note from Home Secretary Sri Santosh Kumar and speech of CM – both were just removed from Assembly records after details were published in Sambad dated 4 July 2004. I protested that I cannot be consulted without showing me a single official paper or purchase scheme since 2 years. A Proceeding was started by Santosh Kumar on proposal of Prakash Mishra on refusal to sign blind paper. The proceeding records also included a secret order of B B Mishra and Santosh Kumar in file to prevent me from any official work. So called 1100 automatic rifles came on 8-2-2008 at OMP store in Cuttack and all were sent to PTS Nayagarh having only 300 trainee constables – not of armed police. That file also should have come to me – but S Radhika and DGP Gopal Nanda – possibly my fake signature was taken or I was shown consulted. Only 10 rifles were sufficient for them. Within a week Sabyasachi Panda was called to loot on 14-2-2008 and next morning Gopal Nanda visited with Sampad Moahapatra, known for his link with Sabyasachi Panda. After 3 days, 100 old rifles were shown recovered. It was obvious that Sabyasachi Panda was used to loot fake purchase of 18 crores. So he had to kidnap DM Malkangiri and MLA Umerkot to get 50% Share. It is still secret, from which govt fund ransom money had been paid. If I sign purchase proposal, I would be arrested for fake purchase by Santosh Kumar, B B Mishra, Gopal Nanda etc under full knowledge of assembly and govt. If I refuse, result will be proceeding and remaining without duty for very long and without any pension on retirement. Even the next purchases as compensation in 15 and 18 crores never reached any battalion as per Spl AG Audit of March, 2011-Para 1.6.2 Scheme for modernization of Police Force – Though addressing LWE activities effectively was one of the key objectives of the State police in recent times, key performance indicators for measuring the operational efficiency of the police force was neither prescribed nor even attempted in the AAPs. Absence of key performance indicators as well as Perspective Plan made all purchases ad hoc and intuitive rather than scientific. Sophisticated weapons worth 14.80 crore were retained at the central arms store at Cuttack without issuing it to the field units, despite large scale shortages of such weapons up to 61 per cent in eight test checked districts, on the ground that trained manpower was not available. Ref-
http://www.scribd.com/doc/120443912/CAG-Audit-of-Land-Acquisition-for-Projects-in-Odisha-2011

 

Chit Fund Felony: Enquiries should begin with Investigation into Role of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

“Huge amounts are raised at the time of elections from big mine-owners and other rich businessmen for which no detailed accounts are kept. The persons, who raise such contributions on behalf of the party, distribute amounts to different candidates and keep a portion of the funds raised for their own institutions or their own factions and also appropriate a portion for their own selves. …………… As the businessmen have to pay taxes, they do not show these amounts to the Income Tax department. ………………….. The top experienced leaders of the party indicate the manner in which the big businessmen are to be compensated by making profits in other ways in return for the big amounts they pay as contributions to the Election Funds and other party expenses.”

This is what late Nabakrushna Chowdhury, Orissa’s legendary freedom fighter and a true Gandhian to ever have become a Chief Minister, had told the public at Balasore on July 14, 1963 when the State was in the grip of Biju Patnaik.

Biju, who had occupied the Chief Minister post by corrupting the people with money and false promises like ‘Fire-proof roof over every head’, had to get out of power most unceremoniously, as Mr. Chowdhury’s frank public allegation had led to unprecedented public protests against his continuance as Chief Minister.

To people of Orissa it appeared that Biju Patnaik and probity in political life were poles apart.

Under insurmountable force of public outcry, specifically after Orissa’s then Leader of Opposition R. N. Singhdeo submitted a well documented memorandum demanding an investigation into acts of corruption committed by Biju Patnaik in the chief minister chair, the Central Government had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the said allegations.

The CBI had submitted its report on 15 November 1964 with the conclusion that, “It is not possible to say that all the allegations are unfounded, unsubstantiated or untrue”.

These words of the CBI Director makes it clear that there was pressure, obviously from the Prime Minister (as the investigation was ordered by Home Minister Guljarilal Nanda known as a crusader against corruption) to say that the allegations against Biju were “unfounded, unsubstantiated, and untrue”; for which alone, the CBI had to use the words “it is not possible to say” so. It was clear that Biju had misused his position as Chief Minister for personal benefit.

The same syndrome of misusing position to grab money is also conspicuous in conduct of his son Naveen, who, as chief Minister, has made the administration so corrupt that the CBI, after long 50 years of its first penetration into Orissa affairs, is again in the job of investigation into offenses against the people in Orissa.

Its foray into castles of only one segment of offenders – the chit fund cheats – provokes this posting.

We were suspecting that the offenders might be the front men of someone who controls administration, as otherwise, this monstrous offense could not have continued with such sense of security the offenders are marked to have having.

Senior minister Dr. Damodar Raut has made us convinced that, none but the Chief Minister himself could be that man.

Dr. Raut is the first minister to have come out with unambiguous information that chit fund fraud Prasant Das of Sea Shore was enjoying government patronization so much so that eleven government hospitals were put under his charge for commercial exploitation, without the knowledge of the Health Minister. Unless Chief Minister is involved, bypassing the concerned minister, who under Rules of Business, is the Head of the Department, is not possible, under any plea.

The way the Chief Minister and his fellow ministers have bestowed upon Das their favors even after being warned by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs about economic offences being practiced by Sea Shore, makes us infer that like his father, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also using his position to collect illicit money and fetch a profit out of politics.

In 1960s Biju was having nexus with big mine-owners and big businessmen, as per former CM Nabakrushna Chowdhury, to collect fund for investment in elections and for filling up personal coffers. The same method of having nexus with economic offenders, mines-owners, chit fund cheats is marked in Naveen’s regime too.

He has given grazing grounds to Chit Fund cheats, obviously for funds for winning elections.

We are increasingly inclined to suspect that Pradeep Sethy or Prasant Das and the likes are nothing but front men of Naveen, because of which the administration has eagerly and without objection, kept eyes closed to their felonies.

So the CBI enquiry, instead of beating about the bushes, should zoom in on Naveen Patnaik to find out wherefrom he gathers the hundreds of crores of Rupees he invests in running of his party specifically in electioneering, as money is the only power that fetches for him majority in the Assembly and the greater the amounts spent in electioneering the larger the number of seats he wins for his party.

Ex-President of India pesters the Government for a paltry sum of money: the nasty scenario must be discouraged

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The danger of consecration of a sycophant as President of India by the party of the Prime Minister is not yet studied at all. But, looking at Prativa Patil, predecessor of Pranab Mukherjee in the august office, one becomes sure that a brownnoser becoming the highest office-holder does not change her/his basic habit of self-seeking.

She was picked up for the top post because of Sonia Gandhi’s preference when India was in such utter confusion that despite acts of subterfuge resorted to by its own Prime Minister against the basic purpose of the constitution, the country was not being able to get rid of Manmohan Singh.

And, in office, she misused her position so mischievously against democracy that the Parliament should have acted correct if she could have been impeached. A click here may throw necessary light on this phenomenon.

It is well know, how, while holding the highest post of authority over the Armed Forces by virtue of being the President, she had tried to appropriate a vast stretch of around 2.6 lakh sq feet of land within the Khadki cantonment in Pune and to get constructed there a house with a plinth area of 4,500 sq feet that she should have used as her post-retirement home.

She was forced to surrender the said land as public outcry reached the sky after a retired Lt Col Suresh Patil openly objected to the heinous design. Yet she had argued for a home to be built for her by the central government, oblivious of the tradition of an outgoing President gracefully accepting any accommodation the government offers at Delhi for post-retirement stay or shifting to own house in the home state.

Even after relinquishing the post of President, she has been attracting attention for acts not expected of a former President. The instance I am going to cite is an indicator.

Before shifting to Pune, during her short stay at Delhi after leaving the Rastrapati Bhawan, she was given a car for her use by the Delhi Police out of courtesy. It was an old but a bulletproof Ambassador. She should have surrendered the same car to Delhi Police after reaching Pune. But she did not. That car is in her private use. She sent it to the Motor and Transport department of Pune Police for repair in December 2013. Out of respect for a former President, the Pune police did the minor repairs and return the vehicle to her with a note that it requires replacement of a spare part, which legally they cannot do, as the car belongs to Delhi Police. Ms. Patil got the replacement done in a private garage and charged Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, with Rs. Rs.4,865/-. For reimbursement of the cost of repair of the car. The MoHA sent her bill to the Delhi Police as the car belongs to them for reimbursement, if possible, at their end.

She has been pestering the Central Government since December 13, 2013 over this paltry sum of money that she wants reimbursed.

To the bewilderment of Delhi Police, the bill is also inflated as the price of the spare part is less than what is charged. The Delhi Police is in a predicament as it is difficult to pay against a visibly inflated bill.

One feels ashamed of a former President pestering the State for official payment of a paltry sum of money she has spent on minor repair of a car she is using for private purpose.

But, as is seen, she is in the habit of putting pressure on the exchequer for defraying expenditures made by her in private circles.
Even when she was the President of India, her belonging to her family was more conspicuous than that to the nation.

She had made the exchequer cough up a huge sum of Rs.205 crores for the jaunts she was entertaining her family members with, under pretence of her official tours to foreign countries.

Despite attempts made to hide how she had used her position to show her family members that she was such great that indulging in extravagance with official money was within the ambit of her privileges, data obtained through RTI reveales that she had caused Air India incur about Rs.169 crores on chartered Boeing 747-400 aircraft in her foreign visits designed to entertain mainly her family members.

On accounts of accommodation, daily allowances, local travels and “miscellaneous” expenses, according to the information obtained under RTI, a further sum of about Rs 36 crore has been incurred by the Ministry of External Affairs in her family-centric foreign tours.

It is her belonging to her family, not to the nation, that had forced the Exchequer cough up such huge sums of money time and again.

Had a true patriot, a real responsible citizen, without any party affiliation, but with discernible devotion to sovereignty of the people backed by outstanding contributions to the country in areas of education, defense, law and social justice, could have been preferred for the august office of the President, such embarrassing moments for the nation would never have come.

The MoHA and/or the Delhi Police would do well by rejecting Patil’s unethical claim for reimbursement of the amount she has spent on repair of a vehicle she is using in her private works.

It is time to take stiff steps to stop misuse of exchequer by fellows like Prativa Patil, howsoever small the amount is. The nasty scenario created by Patil needs be discouraged.

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