Ten years of pervasive corruption
Posted December 1, 2015on:
Shivraj Singh Chouhan completed 10 years as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh on November 29. One of his greatest achievements is to completely dehumanize police officers. They have turned into pet dogs: they bite when he wants them to, they bark when he so desires and all the time they wag their tails before him.
In return, Chouhan gives them protection from the law, as he has given to top police officials who had openly meddled with the evidence in the Shehla Masood murder case. CBI, which is inquiring into Masood murder case, did not even question them.
When Chouhan became chief minister 10 years ago, he was not a member of the Assembly, but a member of Lok Sabha. He resigned from Lok Sabha and contested from Budhni constituency in Sehore district. Collector of Sehore and Returning Officer S K Mishra was removed by Election Commission a few days before polling for violating the law to help Chouhan. This was perhaps the first example when a Returning Officer was disgracefully removed near the polling day. As soon as the Election Commission’s Code of Conduct was over, Chouhan appointed Mishra Collector of Bhopal, one of the most coveted posts, and then Secretary to CM.
That was a message to IAS officers: You help me and I shall look after your interests. Many of the IAS officers offered, willingly and happily, their services in Chouhan’s endeavours to become the corruptest chief minister in the country, and have benefited themselves and their families also, in the process.
Chouhan’s dream of breaking all records of corruption in Madhya Pradesh by the time he completed ten years as chief minister would have remained unfulfilled without the solid help provided by Lokayukta Prakash Prabhakar Naolekar, who shamelessly subverted the laws and procedures to keep him out of harm’s way. Naolekar conveniently ignored the dividing line between truth and untruth while defending the questionable inclusion of his son, Sandeep Naolekar, into the entourage during the chief minister’s visit to China. Chouhan’s government went a step further and denied even knowing who Sandeep Naolekar’s father is.
Later, the chief minister got a boost from High Court Chief Justice A M Khanwilkar. With my meagre knowledge of Judiciary, I was considering former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan as the most corruption-friendly judge. But the manner in which Khanwilkar monitored/assisted Vyapam scam investigation (better to call it ‘cover-up’) by Special Task Force (STF) made me revise my opinion.