Catch Indian Moles in Panama Leak

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By Sunil Dang

Embattled former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to flee to Saudi Arabia if he is convicted by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the Panama Papers scandal, a recent report claimed. According to the report, Sharif recently met the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Muhammad bin Salman, who also sent a plane to fetch the PML-N chief. What the Crown Prince and Nawaz Sharif talked is not my area of concern. My concern lies with the fact that on one hand, we have our neighbor where it’s PM and his entire family lost their post and galore due to their names surfacing in Panama Papers while on other hand we Indians didn’t think of even constituting an investigation. This is a matter that puts question mark over Prime Minister Narendra Modi who roared to power in 2014 on his promise to crackdown on corruption. One would rationally expect the government to take Panama Paper leak seriously because it contained the name of a person who was once considered for the post of President. The man concerned, who also happens to an iconic actor, was left out of race for Raisina Hill but is once again in news for alleged investment in bitcoin (a virtual currency which is illegal in India). There were several other influential Indians who found their names figured in the explosive Panama leaks and hence it definitely deserved an honest investigation from the Indian agencies. Who knows, there could have been some astonishing revelations which could have been helpful in the government’s mission of eradicate corruption from all quarters of India. In a sharp contrast, the Indian judiciary has been of late proactive in giving out verdicts on long pending political cases like Lalu Prasad Yadav and his family’s involvement in Fodder Scam; A Raja and Kanimozhi’s 2G Scam etc. While A Raja and Kanimozhi were granted acquittal in 2G Scam, Lalu Prasad Yadav has been convicted and jailed for three and half years. Interestingly, after the judicial sentence against Lalu, his son Tejashvi and senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh expressed anger that court had convicted Lalu while former Bihar Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra has been acquitted though both occupied similar positions at the time of the scam unfolded. This sparked another controversy when the court responded to these allegations as defamatory and sent notice to both RJD leaders. My simple concern is that there should be no room for these leaders to project themselves as political martyrs for political gainsas has been witnessed in this case across various media channels,

Almost eighteen months after Panama leaks we are now dealing with another massive financial data leak by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The leak, called the Paradise Papers, contains 13.4 million documents from two leading firms in offshore finance. This offshore finance leak forced one of the BJP upper house lawmakers to go on ‘seven days maun vrat’ is fueling the speculative voters of India. Leaders like Lalu are taking advantage of this policy paralysis in the government machinery. So, it’s high time for the government to take note of these groundbreaking leaks by taking strong steps to make it clear that this government believes in complete crackdown on corruption so that there is no room for convicted leader to claim any kind of ‘political vindictiveness.’

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