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Will Parasuram be able to check corruption?

Posted on: May 17, 2012

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan wrote to the Centre in the last week of April for terminating the service of Arvind Joshi. A couple of days later he again wrote to the Centre for sacking Arvind Joshi’s wife Tinu Joshi also. Both are IAS officers of the 1979 batch and under investigation by some agencies for amassing assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.

Their trouble started when the Income Tax Department raided their residence and found huge amounts of unaccounted money in early 2010. Arvind was then Principal Secretary to the jail department and wife Tinu held an equal status in the Child and Women Welfare Department. Their assets have since been estimated worth more than Rs 360 crore. The Enforcement Department (ED) is also looking into the money laundering aspect.

Both were under suspension. But Chauhan’s abrupt move to get them sacked has surprised everybody because it does not conform to his known nature; he would go to any extent to protect the “corrupt” IAS officers, and even circumvent the Supreme Court directive.

The story doing the rounds is that R Parasuram had insisted on sacking the Joshis before he took charge as the chief secretary on May 1. Parasuram has a good reputation and if he shows a genuine allergy to corruption in the  administration, it will be a welcome change. His predecessor, Avani Vaish, was also reputed to be an upright officer but he did nothing to check the rot.

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Adolf Hitler believed in the use of propaganda as an integral element to seizing and holding on to political power. His maxim was 'the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be believed, provided it is repeated vigorously and often enough'. (Sean Murphy in his book 'Letting the Side Down')

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