THE POLITICISATION OF COAL

santosh-bhartiyaIn its recent historic judgment the Supreme Court has proved the report of the coal scam to be true and except for 4 coal blocks ( 2 of Government companies and 2 of Reliance Power), cancelled all the rest. As soon as the Supreme Court’s judgment came, some TV channels along with some people started making a clamour that we were the first to telecast this report or we were the first to publish it and our report has been proved to be true by the Supreme Court. Accepting their words, we would like to make only one request: that these television channels and the rest of the media, in which the print media is also included, disclose on which date they published-telecast their ‘first’ report and after that on which date did they publish-telecast their ‘second’ report and what was its essence?
We are saying this only because readers in India are always deceived and this time too this deception is happening. Chauthi Duniya had published the biggest coal scam of history on April 25, 2011 as the cover story of Chauthi Duniya under the headline ‘Sarkar Ne Desh ko Bech Dala: 26 Lakh crore ka Maha-ghotala’. We had sent this report to the former BJP President, Nitin Gadkari, and his secretary Shyam Jaju, along with a printed copy. These people had not paid any attention to it, neither did they hold a press conference regarding this question. The thing to relish is that this issue was first raised by an MP of the Bharatiya Janata Party itself, but for some special reasons, the Bharatiya Janata Party ignored what its own MP was saying. We also sent this published report to MPs of the Marxist party, but they too ignored it.
Actually, either they couldn’t understand how big the scam was and by reading couldn’t understand it at all. Or then there must have been some other vested interests in their not raising this question. We published this report again in June 2012. And it was only us who published it with this question as a heading in our newspaper: ‘Manmohan Singh jail ja sakte hain’ ( ‘Manmohan Singh can go to Jail’). Chauthi Duniya continuously kept publishing reports regarding the coal scam, but neither did Parliament pay attention to it, nor political parties. And today some people in the media are patting themselves on their backs. The reality is that copies of all these issues of Chauthi Duniya kept going to the Supreme Court. We sent them officially to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. We can’t say that the Chief Justice or other judges of the Supreme Court made up their mind on reading our reports, but we can certainly say this much and can congratulate the Supreme Court that if the Supreme Court had not kept an eye on this scam, then this scam wouldn’t have come before us.

Politics is a good thing and politics is a very bad thing too. When politics is for the people, then it is good. And when politics is for corruption, then it is bad. That is why time the has come that political leaders should decide who among them are fighting for the people and who among them are doing the work of brokerage for the corporate sector…Parliament itself should take corrective measures and identify those from within itself, who are working as pressure groups for corporates, big companies, vested interests, foreign powers; are going to Ministers, are building pressure on the Government and are playing their role in making the bureaucracy corrupt.

This coal scam reveals that all the Governments that remained from 1993 till 2014, all of them did not lag behind anybody in ignoring this scam or proving their partnership in the scam. The second meaning that emerges from this is that some such group was working in the coal scam which was misleading Government officials, was misleading Ministers and the ones who were not with it, was getting them on to its side. This group even readied influential people from the Opposition not to raise the issue of the coal scam. The question is this: even after reading the report published with all the proofs, why didn’t any leader from the Opposition take a stand on this in Parliament? Behind this, there isn’t some very innocent, guiltless reason that we didn’t know, we couldn’t see it, we didn’t have time, we were busy in our Constituency or we were abroad. That is why, we (Chauthi Duniya) are proud about this decision of the Supreme Court on the coal scam, and we again congratulate the Supreme Court.
Will the Supreme Court let this question go by imposing only a penalty or will it tell the CBI to investigate how the coal scam continued for so many days and which were the bureaucratic and political powers working behind it. Which was that group that made everybody stand on the side of companies perpetrating the coal scam? In our first report itself we had published the names of all the companies involved in the coal scam. The ears of political parties remained insensitive and deaf to the issue and perhaps the bureaucracy was siding with it anyway. Some one or two officers were there, who were silenced somehow or the other.
I now feel that this coal scam should not end here. Political parties will not raise this question and the media too will not raise this question. MPs of parties in the former Government, whose companies are involved in this coal scam, are saying that the mistake was of the Government and we are having to pay the fine. Who made the Government commit this mistake? It was the owners of powerful companies who made the Government commit this mistake. Out of these owners, some are in the Rajya Sabha and some in the Lok Sabha. Now if we say that actually, a small number in the Lok Sabha and a large number in the Rajya Sabha are working as lobbyists for the interests of corporate families of the country, and in the language of villages say that this lobby is doing the work of brokers, then it will not be an exaggeration. This may seem bad to those MPs of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha who are involved in brokering for corporate families, but this is the truth. And for this truth the Supreme Court should at least be congratulated again — that it has done the work of raising the veil from a continual ongoing campaign of corruption.
Now a criminal investigation should be done and action should be taken against those people sitting in top positions with whose signatures such a big scam happened. If this doesn’t happen, then a precedent will be set that if powerful people commit a crime, they can be released by giving a fine or penalty and if unknowingly any crime is committed by ordinary people, then they might have to go to jail. This is a double standard of justice which should not be at work. During this entire process another fact came before us, that a coal scam bigger than this coal scam has happened, meaning that in this country coal has played very big politics, has made many small capitalists big and today those capitalists are seeing the dream of ruling over this country. How this bigger coal scam happened, this too we will bring out in our coming issues.
But on the current coal scam, we make one request to the Supreme Court — that this coal scam is neither of 1 lakh seventy six thousand crore rupees, nor of 1 lakh eighty-six crore rupees, but in fact this coal scam is of 26 lakh crore rupees. And our request to the Supreme Court is that any day that it wants, we will give it all the documents in which there is proof of a scam of 26 lakh crore rupees and we ourselves will not be proving it. We will prove it through the proceedings of Parliamentary committees and through their numbers. The Parliament and Government have ignored the investigations done by their own committees. Why is the Supreme Court ignoring them, this we are unable to understand. That is why we want to appeal to a democratic Supreme Court of a democratic nation that investigation of 1 lakh seventy six thousand crore rupees or of 1 lakh eighty-six crore rupees worth coal scam be re-opened and it should be seen as an economic crime of 26 lakh crore rupees. And the people who are involved in this crime, a decision should be made on what punishment should be there for them.
Politics is a good thing and politics is a very bad thing too. When politics is for the people, then it is good. And, when politics is for corruption, then it is bad. That is why time the has come that political leaders should decide who among them are fighting for the people and who among them are doing the work of brokerage for the corporate sector. If a decision is not made on this today or discussion is not started, then it should be accepted that a long time ago a newspaper had alleged — at which there was a lot of commotion in Parliament — that Parliament has become the haunt of brokers.
It is my request that remembering that commotion, Parliament itself should take corrective measures and identify those from within itself, who are working as pressure groups for corporates, big companies, vested interests, for foreign powers; are going to Ministers, are building pressure on the Government and are playing their role in making the bureaucracy corrupt. If there is no one like that in this Parliament, then we would like that Parliament should say that there is no one like that amongst us or no such group is there. Then we will do an expose of who are the people and which people are doing what. But before that it is our humble request that Parliament itself identifies such people and boycotts them.

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