The international news headline read: “China’s top drug official gets death“. I was immediately hooked on.
Zheng Xiaoyu, commissioner of Food and Drug Administration of China (1998-2005), was imprisoned last year under results of investigation of scandals, and corruption within the organisation. The investigation covered claims of approving spurious anti-biotic which resulted in death of 10 people, contaminated pet food export to USA, and cough syrup with toxic chemical exported to Latin America.
The investigation recommendation – death penalty to Zheng Xiaoyu.
Compare this with India. The netas and babus would make all their monies and then go out of radar. People die who cares, money is laundered who cares, the legal process is going to take a lifetime and when the judgement is passed, the neta or babu in question would anyway be “diwangat“(Late).
Death penalty may seem harsh, however what of those who died due to a spurious drug being approved by the ministry.
Can such a step be taken in Indian context?
I do not agree to the judgment myself but I would like to see at least something happening against the corruption.
Instead all we hear is Avinash Bhosale, power broker, arrested for trying to evade customs on Luxury items. Then netajis going in overdrive to get him out of the jail. Our politicians have so much compassion for fellow human being that they would stay up till midnight to see he doesn’t suffer in jail. So what if the person in question is a millionaire many times over, so what if he disburses spoils of his riches to the select political personalities.
Netaji give us a break. Learn from China. Oh I forgot, you would be the one who would get the death sentence if you were Neta in china.
***Corruption Update*** May 30th 2007
Public Prosecutor I.U. Khan and Defense Advocate R.K. Anand, caught on the candid camera, trying to influence sole remaining witness (hostile) who has refused to turn hostile on the Nanda (BMW) road killings case. The reverent former Rajya Sabha member Mr. R.K. Anand looks more a broker (which I am sure he is) than a lawyer, when he asks Kulkarni to demand 5 Crores instead of 2.5 Crore to turn hostile.
Stock reply from R.K. Anand when contacted, “you are putting words in my mouth” and “I was only joking with Kulkarni”. Must have been a poor joke Mr. Anand, because we are not laughing. Nor are we as dumb as you make us out to be.
Hats off to Kulkarni and NDTV to throw light on these criminal lawyers. NDTV is by far the most independent channel.
***Corruption Update*** June 9th 2007
To what Rithesh (O! Mega Male) mentioned on the comments, I meant to update this post with a note on Kulkarni. It seems the guy has changed his statement umpteen times. He started with the car theory, switched to truck theory and then came back to car theory. Makes me start wondering whats going on.
“One against the system” or “glory-hunter”? You decide. My hats back on and i reserve my judgment to the outcome of the case.