Divine Intervention – 3 [part II]

The story so far:

Nungambakkam, part of Chennai’s central region witnessed the brutal murder of a young techie – Swathi – in June 2016.

As her killer Ram Kumar too died under mysterious circumstances, the reasons for her killing remain a diabolic mystery.

The short story below is an endeavour to investigate the possibilities that could have led to the killing of Swathi.

Part one of this longish short story was published earlier.

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It can be accessed here.

Young Veerabahu was set to arrive in the Nungambakkam railway station platform some 10 minutes later.

I surveyed the scene.

The evening crowd was milling around close to the point where the foot over-bridge touched the ground.

A sizeable number of the passengers were students from the nearby Loyola College – believed to be the best in India – where freedom of thought was/is as important as breathing. Some of them had participated in an ongoing survey to discern the mood of the people – as fresh elections to the assembly were round the corner. Political instability post December 5 2016 – the day Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was declared dead – had led to it.

I listened to the chatter.

A few months ago, reports alleged that the Tamil Nadu Government was functioning as per the diktat of Sasikala Natarajan, currently ensconced in Parapana Agrahara Central Prison in Bangalore’s outskirts as a convict. Politicians love to say that always law is allowed to take its course. India’s Supreme Court is of a clear mind in such a situation. “Corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines human rights, indirectly violating them, and systematic corruption, is a human rights’ violation in itself, as it leads to systematic economic crimes,” it said. Sasikala was punished for offences under sections 13[1][e] and 13[2] of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 read with 120B [conspiracy] and 109 [abetment] of the Indian Penal Code. Rather strangely, none from any political party in Tamil Nadu had approached the courts to sack the regime that took orders from a convicted prisoner then and there on the principle of breakdown of the constitution. Any person in custody would be disqualified from holding any government job. A convict’s fate was even clearer. By publicly admitting that a female jail bird was flinging yolk from her steel nest in another state, a senior member of the cabinet had violated tenets of the constitution,” a girl with a sharp nose and bold voice said.

“There was worse. By itself, the ‘election’ of Sasikala as the general secretary of the ‘ruling’ All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is ultra vires of its own constitution. The so-called election was patently illegal if one goes by the constitution of that party. AIADMK by-laws available in the Election Commission’s website state that the party general secretary can only be declared elected by the political unit’s representatives from all the states – including those from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh plus the Andaman and Nicobar Islands during a specially convened General Council to ‘elect’ a ‘proper’ candidate who ought to have been an uninterrupted member for 5 years. Such an event never happened. It was this so-called election that caused Sasikala’s ‘empowerment’ to be ‘elected’ as the leader of the AIADMK legislature party. So, that was an illegal act in itself. It was the cause for the then CM O Panneerselvam to resign and make way for Sasikala – which also is legally non est. To ram all these unsavoury events down the throats of the people of Tamil Nadu, the Sasikala group had cocooned a majority of the MLAs in a beach resort, allegedly wined, dined and ‘entertained otherwise’ with dancing women. Reports said that all of them were recipients of several million rupees in cash, gold and a lot more. This captive legislators’ crowd had ensured that Chief Minister E Palanisamy survived the trust vote on the floors of the assembly vide violent harangue in February 2017. Since Sasikala’s original sin – in itself was unpardonable – the shameful aftermath could not have the luxury of hiding behind a legal fig leaf of having passed muster in the assembly. Every so called political event after the December 5 2016 demise of Jayalalithaa could be termed illegal,” a Kurta clad young man chimed in.

“The inner contradictions were too much to bear. Now, the AIADMK has ceased to exist as a party. The ‘twin-leaf’ symbol and the name AIADMK were frozen initially on account of the RK Nagar by elections. After the various groups of the AIADMK ended up shaming themselves through the results, the party has little chances of reviving itself. On the flip side, the DMK’s existence is on the basis of hate AIADMK slogan – that keeps its voters interested. Sooner or later the DMK would suffer the same chagrin as the AIADMK. The reasons are simple. There are one too many claimants for the ill-gotten wealth of the party’s leadership mainstays – comprising the members of its leader Karunanidhi’s family. Surveys conducted in the length and breadth of Tamil Nadu revealed that the people want a change … a change for the better from the self-centred politicians for whom only grabbing cash was the only vocational and ‘vacational’ theme. And that would inevitably end in the decimation of regionalism that began in southern India through the separatist Dravidar Kazhagam [DK] and its so-called political offshoot – the DMK,” a somewhat senior student added.

I smiled. The young ladies and gentlemen were on the right track.

At that moment an express train whizzed past on track three moving at 85 km ph northward.

The duty station master or his assistant was supposed to stand on platform 2 holding a green flag or light – to be spotted and acknowledged by the motorman driving the train.

After the passage of the train, the SM ought to inform master signal control that the clickety-clack sounds of the wheels on the tracks were normal and betrayed no derailment danger to the train. The acknowledgement by the motorman or driver was the proverbial feel-good-factor to help the safety of several thousand passengers’ lives in the clasps of his/her hands.

Instead of doing his duty, the person manning the railway platform’s office cubicle was chatting with someone on his mobile phone.

Seated in that console was a person whose demeanour depicted that he was someone in authority. He was flanked by 2 constables from the Railway Protection Force.

“I am conducting surprise checks for ticketless travellers. Obviously some will pay a fine or a bribe to escape. All of us can expect some ‘cash relief’ for the month end,” the ticket examiner in civvies said.

Interrupting his chat on the mobile, the person in charge of the station in white uniform quipped: “Don’t forget my share!”

The RPF men looked a bit nonplussed.

“In these busy hours, the state railway police personnel conduct their own raids … and collect sizeable booty. None of us get any share from that. Worse, they do not cooperate in nabbing those trying to run away,” one constable complained.

“Well, we are not parting with any part of our collection on that count…so one minus one is zero. Accounts are squared. All of us need to supplement our incomes thus in these difficult times. Our salaries are inadequate to maintain our families. We need the cooperation of the local cops when something like that Swathi murder blows. In the melee for audience eyeballs, television channels ignored the simple fact that on that fateful morning of June last year, none of us was performing our duties. And then, none noticed when the RPF and Railway Police beat ran round the mulberry bush on the non-existent issue of jurisdiction… simply to buy time,” the TE announced with a grim finality.

These were signs of systems’ societal decay.

The duty station master coming out every 10 minutes or so while fast trains went past was also meant to keep a wary eye on the passengers in the station and report any suspicious activity. He didn’t care a tuppence about it. Instead of according protection to passengers by incessantly patrolling the platforms as per their job mandates, RPF and state railway police personnel were actively harvesting funds for month-end pecuniary problems. Senior officials were actively collaborating.

I shook my head in disapproval.

Spotting Veerabahu alighting from the foot over bridge, I moved northward.

The slim, slender looking teenager was on the mobile phone – talking to his sister.

“Where have you reached?”

“Crossing Saidapet station,” the girl’s voice said. The kid had switched the hands free button on the instrument.

“I have homework to do. And then I have to prepare for the first semester tests,” Veerabahu protested.

“Is the rowdy waiting outside the station?”

“I actually wasn’t looking. But, what can I do if he turns violent? We need to ask pa to move home… to somewhere close to where I work,” the lass grumbled.

“What about pa’s job at the EB? What about my school? My whole life will be spoiled!”

“Would it be alright then if someone spoils and soils your sister? What kind of a brother are you?”

Veerabahu looked uneasy.

“You better come fast. I am waiting!” He cut the connection and rolled his eyes skywards in sheer exasperation.

“Why is God not around when we need him? Rowdies, crowded cities, rising prices, police apathy, scolding school teachers, difficult syllabus…”

As is the wont of youngsters, Veerabahu grumbled.

Aren’t you Damarla Veerabahu, little Swati’s younger brother?”

My question startled the boy.

“How do you know me?”

Every Friday, your sister Swathi is in the forefront of the palanquin bearers – carrying the idol of Shukaravaara Amman in the Aghastheeswarar temple nearby. I remember you because you once wanted to help your sister…but the priests forbade you from touching the palanquin, as it violates the temple rules. I see you offering prayers in that temple regularly.”

The boy looked closely at me and espied an old man with a kind face, dressed in a white Indian shirt and trousers. The salt and pepper facial and pate hair disarmed him.

“What is your name?”

Most persons in this vicinity refer to me as Agathi!”

“A very strange name, I would say,” the boy said thoughtfully.

It is the shortened form of a very famous sage – Agasthya. Some persons translate the name from Sanskrit as ‘mountain thrower’. The Tamil meaning denotes a person who has realised his inner self. In Tamil, Agam stands for a home. ‘Thiyan’ refers to a householder … who ensures the well-being of the home’s inhabitants. In a nutshell, if one goes by the Tamil meaning, every male is an Agathi … or Agathiyan. The sage Agasthya was a diminutive man. By the Sanskrit definition he could throw a mountain. It only implies that determination can cause any person to complete any superhuman feat. There is an entire city block in Kanyakumari district – called Agastheeswaram. Some 400 km off Kochi – in the Arabian Sea – there is an island called Agatti – the virtual capital of Lakshadweep archipelago. Finally, the temple you visit every Friday with your sister – is a shrine for Agastheeswarar. Hence, it is not such a strange name.”

The boy giggled.

“So what do you want from me?”

The boy pertly asked the question abruptly.

“Oh, I have no needs to be fulfilled by anyone. I only grant favours, more often than not, without anyone asking for it … completely free of charge. You and your sister have a problem in the form of a young unruly male tormentor. He follows your sister somewhat threateningly. Probably, you are here to accompany young Swathi home… because she feels safer with you around. But, you are not at all comfortable with the idea of facing the rowdy. Suppose… I give you a little formula to defeat this rowdy and thus prove that you indeed are really Veerabahu … the brave-heart with strong protecting arms. That is without any risk and no sweat. Will you be interested?”

The boy was puzzled. His confusion showed on his countenance.

“I am no Jackie Chan … and cannot hope to fight and win a grown up man who pumps iron in gyms.”

“Jackie Chan does those choreographed fights only in the films. There is a scene in a movie featuring a one minute shot where Jackie is shown as getting killed by Lee in Enter the Dragon. Bruce was his idol and Chan tells anyone willing to listen to him that he loved losing to his idol and did a lot of play acting to retain the sympathetic attention of the then more famous man. More seriously, the movie Enter the Dragon has a scene featuring Bruce Lee – teaching a little boy how to win a fight with a grown up man – without actually fighting. You could actually do it. It is very simple. I could help you win,” I informed the child.

“But, why would you do that?”

“Because… I love helping people. It is that simple. Come closer, I will teach you the trick. You can try it out tomorrow itself! And don’t worry. If something goes wrong, I will be around… to help you.”

The boy came closer.

“Is this absolutely free? No hidden tricks or charges?”

“None at all, my young friend, you can be sure.”

I then began telling him a simple trick. I took leave as the EMU steamed into the terminal.

I knew that the girl Swathi would frown at Veerabahu talking to strangers. But, that was par for the course.

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Indian Police Service [IPS] officer Nar Bahadur Thapa was posted to the Narcotics Control Bureau’s Chennai Unit in its northwest outskirts as southern India’s regional head. It was a ‘punishment’ posting. A set of corrupt men who controlled the vigilance and anti-corruption wings of the Central Bureau of Investigation had wanted Thapa out of the way.

Of Nepalese extraction, Thapa had the tenacity of bloodhounds that never let go a sniffed criminal at wrong end of an invisible but ‘smellable’ trail.

That evening, his table had 2 bulky files of criminals – linked to drug trade from across the Palk Straits – in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north and northeast, whose tentacles snaked into the innards of India’s various cities, and also into the innards of around 50 national capitals spread all over the globe.

The profits were enormous.

At its little known, obscure procurement points, prices of drugs like heroin, crack, cocaine, and marijuana was as low as Rs.50 per base unit. But, when sold in the retail ‘open air markets’, their prices ballooned 50,000 times. The methods of the underworld were becoming more sophisticated than those of the cops – and this was a worldwide malady. The resultant ill gotten wealth was round-tripped and pumped into legal economies – to push real estate prices skyward. India was no exception.

Real estate was the safest venue to park black funds – as very few could every actually measure the profit margins.

Thapa had done the hard work.

An acre of land with a legal floor space index [FSI] of 3.5 in the outskirts of Chennai or for that matter any city in India ranged between Rs. 2 and 4 crores. Each acre has 43,500 square feet on the ground level as its ‘carpet’ area. When multiplied by 3.5 – the allowed amount of FSI – the price of undivided share of the proposed built up area ranged between Rs. 133 to Rs.263 per square foot. Costs of building huge blocks of flats ranged around Rs.1000 per square foot. In a nutshell, builders spent around Rs.5 lakhs for a 500 sq ft flat and sold it for Rs.25 lakhs. Burdened by other factors of the global meltdown, big time mainstream media outlets winked at this racket. There was a method to this madness. Builders’ networks splurged money on full page colour advertisements – often occupying the first three pages of newspapers besides sponsoring hours and hours of television time.

The operators of this huge sinister machine also bankrolled political parties. In some states, political parties’ sections actually owned and ran the racket. The sinister game drew sustenance by cannibalising its own assets. Some of the real estate defaulters’ flats were used as dens to peddle drugs and then discarded whenever some “untoward” event happened. Often such “events” were “rave” parties catering to the spoilt rich brats and also to draw more potential victims into the concentric vortex of drug addiction and peddling. The victim owner of such a den – soon declared as an erstwhile owner – would be flung to the wolves as a drug trafficker. The whole racket suited only wrongdoers and rendered them richer after every deal – botched or otherwise..

A ‘foolproof’ system had been hammered into place to run this evil empire. It was done vide the creation of a network of agents employed by private and foreign banks that had begun lending money in India at usurious interest rates since the turn of the millennium.

The grey market of ‘collection agents’ was a good source of information to identify future victims to be fleeced and/or raped and/or prostituted.

‘Minor’ funding began with credit cards and ‘personal loans’. The dues amounted to a few thousands of rupees. Usurious interest rates ensured indebtedness. Before long, a vast section of the middle-class was in the thrall of these sophisticated moneylenders. Those who deferred paying on time were catchment areas of potential victims. Rowdies from the dregs of society worked as ‘collection agents’ and provided vital info. Those amongst these gangs that were smarter than the rest slowly levitated towards the drug distribution. Thus began a database of persons who be preyed upon to buy ‘dream homes’ engineered to default to turn such residences into nightmares – only to be repossessed and sold to other similar victims.

The operation was a large scale one.

While in the CBI, Thapa had been assigned the task of identifying the shady methods of foreign banks, their lending patterns and recovery methodology. At the start of his probe, he had stumbled on to the world of pricey auditing firms which violated every known law in every nation possible and yet retained the veneer of respectability. One such firm is Pricewaterhouse Coopers [PwC].

A minor cog of this giant machine, Sengodan had committed the cardinal sin of ‘leaning on’ Pachaiappan – nicknamed ‘patch-boy’ amongst a small group of friends for recovering credit card dues. Pachaiappan was the son of Duraisingham, a head constable who worked for CBI. The young man had apparently used the rectangular piece of plastic during a new year’s party in a 3-star hotel. The bill had come to Rs.26K. Patch-boy’s pals promised to pool in the money to square the loan off. But, the sharing of the financial load actually never took place.

Without knowing the antecedents of his victim’s father, Sengodan began sending threatening messages to Pachaiappan. Usually, credit card and finance companies avoid 3 categories of individuals viz. Journalists, lawyers and police officials. The avoidance is explained away with a two-word term: “negative profile”. Secretly the movers and shakers in this rat race admit that discovery of the workings of their racket is their big fear. The bigger fear is journalists, lawyers and cops using the instrument of blackmail to clean the wrongdoers out, aver the men and women at tertiary levels of this game. The bitter truth is stranger. Those who never deserve a single rupee manage to net billions of rupees and are allowed to not only default but also helped to escape the laws of India under everyone’s noses. 

Before long, seeing his son listless most of the day, the cop accessed the SMS from his son’s mobile.

Duraisingham sought the advice of his superior officer.

Holding the rank of Inspector General, Thapa merited a landlubber bosun. Duraisingham performed that task admirably in Chennai.

So, when the hapless minion approached his boss for saving his son, the IG – then looking after various high profile cases from Delhi for the CBI’s southern operations, Thapa realised the potential and pulled the young man’s chestnuts out of the fire and began watching the gang of ‘recovery agents.’ That endeavour had landed the strange fish – Sengodan.

By keeping tabs on Sengodan, Thapa had traced most of the racketeers and identified their modus operandi. That was when he suspected something else – the presence of a vigilante group of IT professionals functioning beyond their work-station borders to identify ill-gotten funds parked abroad. As he had begun taking an interest in the activities of several young men and women, one of them – a Brahmin girl aged 24 – Swathi – had been brutally killed in mid 2016.

When others above him found out Thapa’s focus, they got him transferred – virtually on punishment. But, being pushed to the wall, Thapa had decided to fight. And that fight had led to his unearthing the huge racket whose minor loose end was Sengodan. The big time players were builders and architects working from flashy offices.

Thapa looked at the clock in his office.

It was close to 7 p.m.

Pressing his buzzer, he summoned Duraisingham – who had levitated to the NCB along with his boss.

“We may have a major job to do, tomorrow, to end rackets of youngsters’ tormentors – like the man who had harassed your son,” Thapa said.

“Sure sir,” the orderly said.

“I have been tracking the mobile of this person called Sengodan. He lives in Choolaimedu area but does his trade in OMR. It seems he is also stalking a girl Swathi – like someone else had chased her namesake last year. What makes the whole thing interesting is the qualification of this girl and her core competence area. She is a code breaking ethical hacker. I suspect that last year’s dead Swathi was one as well.”

“Did the other girl – the dead Swathi do the same thing and was she killed on that count sir?”

Duraisingham asked the question at the spur of the moment in total innocence.

“I have a strong suspicion that she was,” Thapa enigmatically said.

-to be continued

Tamil Nadu Politics’ Whodunnit!

Tamil Nadu’s political ‘bullshit’ is scheduled to hit the fan.

Will those are illegally profiting by the sudden, mysterious death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the Jallikkattu protests be brought to book?

Tamil Nadu is currently in the throes of an unsolved political whodunit.

Its denouement could lead to the cornering of the state’s political Houdini and Rasputin rolled into one – M Natarajan, husband of the state’s latest femme fatale – Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala.

This is due to an outrageous claim made a day ago.

VK Sasikala is the general secretary of Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [AIADMK] and apparently the person controlling the state through unseen hands. Her husband Natarajan – is believed to be the real power behind the state’s Fort St George throne. Natarajan alleged that MK Stalin, the state’s Leader of Opposition and the functioning heir to the main opposition party DMK – had masterminded the violence post the peaceful Jallikkattu protests.

The allegation emerged after the state’s CM – O Panneerselvam claimed that anti-India forces were at work during the Jallikkattu protests.

Currently Sasikala is the supremo of the AIADMK. But, the small print on her appointment document says her probation period will be in force till April this year.

The currently fizzled out Jallikkattu drama could lead to the arrest and prosecution of Sasikala for her dubious role during Jayalalithaa’s last 2 days in Apollo Hospitals.

The shocking pointers:

Tamil Nadu’s police headquarters is on one end of the arterial Beach Road. On the other end is Fort St George, the seat of power. If someone wants to believe that the entire state machinery was caught napping – including the police that is – when a crowd of over 5 lakhs jammed its capital and held it to ransom for nearly a week, he/she/they must be seriously joking!

The real story, however, lay elsewhere.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram was officially declared dead on December 5 2016 rather suddenly, mysteriously and suspiciously. [1] The announcement was rather abrupt and rife with contradictions. It had come after a series of flip-flops triggering some sort of political vacuum.

The domination of the state’s political horizon’s skyline by Jaya’s personal female flunkey VK Sasikala as Tamil Nadu’s step mother began almost immediately thereafter.

January 12 2017 onwards, Jayalalithaa’s sudden death had acquired the status of a murder mystery.

The whole thing revolves around a key question:

On what authority does Sasikala continue to live in what had been Jayalalithaa’s private property in Chennai’s Poes Gardens?

So far, none has raised the query in a court of law. But, before long, someone will.

Sasikala has not answered that question posed in a roundabout method by The Times of India a few days ago.

Sasikala’s attempts to answer or choosing not to could lead her into the vortex of a legal whirlpool that could include a charge of murder – of none other than Jayalalithaa! Here is why:

Sasikala would have to produce a will executed by Jayalalithaa signed by the late CM in front of independent witnesses whose veracity would have to be established in a court of law. Else, Sasikala cannot legally continue to stay in Veda Nilayam, the official residence of the late CM.

The deceased CM’s niece Deepa [who also bears a striking resemblance to Jaya] had claimed nearly two months ago that she was the only surviving blood-relative of Jaya and ipso facto, the late CM’s legal heir.

The rules pertaining to wills and heirs, courtesy, The Hindu:

A WILL is the disposition of the assets made by a person during his/her lifetime intended to take effect after death. When a person dies without making a will, he/she is said to have died intestate, that is, the property is inherited by the heirs according to the law of succession.

When a person dies after making a will, it can be enforced only after a probate is issued.

A probate is identified as the copy of the will certified under the seal of the court of competent jurisdiction. No right as executor or legatee can be established unless a court of competent jurisdiction in India has granted probate of the will under which the right is claimed or has been granted.

Probate can be granted only to the executor appointed by the will.

A petition for the probate is to be filed in the court concerned along with the will.

Succession of a Hindu Female Dying Intestate Under The Hindu Succession Act

The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 and particularly its inbuilt Section 14 state the aspects of rights of a Hindu female over her property.

The property of a female Hindu dying intestate shall devolve according to the rules set out in Section 16. The could only go to:

  • Firstly, upon the sons and daughters (including the children of any pre-deceased son or daughter) and the husband;
  • Secondly, upon the heirs of the husband ;
  • Thirdly, upon the mother and father;
  • Fourthly, upon the heirs of the father; and
  • Lastly, upon the heirs of the mother

The heirs of a female intestate ought to qualify as per laws that define Agnates and Cognates.

The order of succession among agnates or cognates, as the case may be, shall be determined in accordance with the rules of preference laid down hereunder:

Agnate and cognate relationship maybe categorized as follows::

Agnates are direct descendants and/or are related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent.

Cognates are collateral descendants related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent [father’s and/or mother’s siblings].

If none of these are found acceptable and applicable, the property would be taken over by the state [meaning Government of Tamil Nadu] and administered as a trust.

To continue staying in Veda Nilayam, the posh Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa worth a few dozens of crores of rupees, Sasikala has to produce a legal heir certificate proclaiming her [Sasikala] as the heir apparent.

If she fails to, the property would belong to the People of Tamil Nadu and hence, its control would be in the hands of the State – or the Tamil Nadu Government who shall appoint a special officer or executor of the property.

In the unlikely possibility of Sasikala producing one such piece of paper proclaiming her to be proper and legal executors of Jayalalithaa’s will, courts shall be constrained to demand answers for the following questions:

When and where was the will signed?

Who were the witnesses?

The will has to have either the late CM’s signature and/or Left Hand Thumb Impression – the affixing of either or both – being witnessed by persons sans any vested interest in the property as witnesses and/or those who have a vested interest – endorsing such a disposal of assets but have chosen of their free will to be left out from the option of being challengers of such a will.

Modern forensic science has accorded the luxury of finding out the exact date of any ink being applied to a paper.

Those challenging the will [if such a will exists at all] can seek such a forensic test. As a result, the date and time would be established to a specific day and hour of the ink meeting the paper – or in other words, the signature and/or LTI of the deceased CM with eyewitnesses attesting the veracity of the event.

The prognosis of such a route could result in metaphorical nails being driven into the hypothetical coffin of the fledgling ‘political’ career of Sasikala.

Any resident of Tamil Nadu can file a writ in the Madras High Court under Article 226 demanding to know the truth and also pray for the eviction of Sasikala from Veda Nilayam, where, in all likelihood, she is a mere squatter and an illegal occupant.

How could Sasikala justify the presence of such witnesses and/or relatives within the ward when constitutionally empowered individuals – viz. Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao, acting CM O Panneerselvam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s representative – India’s Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Tamil Nadu’s Leader of Opposition MK Stalin were denied such a privilege?

If a fig-leaf explanation – that Apollo Hospital doctors and/or those brought in from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and/or those from abroad were the disinterested eyewitness signatories, the next question would follow.

Press reports said Jayalalithaa discussed vital government decisions with top government officials from her sick bed at the Apollo.

Relevant excerpts from a ToI report published on September 27 2016 when Jaya was in hospital:

Jayalalithaa convened an hour-long meeting with the senior officials in her room on the interim directions issued by the Supreme Court on the Cauvery issue.

The chief minister was apprised of the directions of the court on the applications filed by the states and the court orders thereafter to release water to Tamil Nadu on three occasions, an official release said.

“The CM directed PWD minister, chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, PWD secretary S K Prabakar and Cauvery Technical Cell chairman R Subramaniam to attend the meeting on behalf of state of Tamil Nadu,” the release said. The meeting in Apollo Hospitals saw the participation of chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, advocate general R Muthukumaraswamy, advisor to government Sheela Balakrishnan, principal secretary I to chief minister K N Venkataramanan and secretary A Ramalingam.

This was the last time that reports clearly stated that officials met Jaya in her hospital room.

If the CM was in a fit state to conduct a meeting, she must have initialed the note and/or made notes on the papers presented to her [as she is often known to do].

The Madras High Court can summon those papers.

Jayalalithaa is said to have personally chosen the candidates for the 3 by-elections that were held in Tamil Nadu during her hospitalisation

On November 5, a Press Trust of India report said that Jayalalithaa’s health was showing signs of improvement, citing Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap Reddy had said that Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is up to her to decide when to go home, the report added.

The party tickets for the by election had the LTI of the CM and AIADMK General Secretary.

How could the events that ought to be categorised differently under political, official and personal agendas –viz. issued election tickets, matters pertaining to the governance of Tamil Nadu and the disposal of personal assets respectively be clubbed together to attest a will be congruently concentric?

If the answer this query is in the affirmative, such persons could be subjected to sustained cross-examination by a battery of eminent lawyers in open court.

In what manner were such persons [if such a list of persons exists] more important than the Governor and other constitutional functionaries allowed to meet the ailing CM?

Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan – the obvious planner behind all this has a few flies in his ointment.

The most important ones:

He had been persona non grata at the Jaya household when the late CM was alive. How did he become such a big VVIP immediately after her death – and such an important one that he was one of the last few who placed wreaths on the body before burial – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu? Will any of the VVIPs provide an answer?

Natarajan’s statements indicate that it was Sasikala who saved Jaya’s bacon in the Disproportionate Assets’ case till the end. After Jaya’s death, she cannot be imprisoned for offences allegedly committed during her lifetime – if the Apex Court overturns the acquittal of the Karnataka High Court. If the Supreme Court agrees with the findings of Judge Kumaraswamy and his faulty calculator, rules in favour of Sasikala and other co-accused in the case, the queries about the will, testament and the probation would remain unaltered.

But, if the Apex Court agrees with the ruling of Sessions’ Judge DaCunha, Sasikala would end up in prison. The convicting authority being the SC, Sasikala will find it extremely difficult to obtain bail on the basis of an appeal – staying the judgement – provided such a leave for appeal is granted at all.

In all those scenarios, Sasikala’s chances of becoming CM through a by election or before as the case may be – would be binned.

In such a scenario and or through the will probation rigmarole, if Sasikala’s role in the Sudden Death is established prima facie, would the AIADMK legislators who were said to have overwhelmingly voted for her, agree to have a criminal-case-accused as the party GS?

A bigger can of worms are scheduled to be opened starting January 31 2017 – the ones about the ongoing Jallikkattu conundrum.

Those questions will be raised as the court hears the petitions for the bull-taming festival for one final time. It is bound to shock and awe even more.

On January 20 2017, Tamil Nadu was shut down on the issue of Jallikkattu protests. Schools, colleges, business establishments and government offices remained shut.

It was an ‘official’ shut-down.

The Apex Court Bench headed by Dipak Mishra is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions pertaining to Jallikkattu.

Some question to be asked by the judges:

Who ‘authorised’ the shutdown of the entire state of Tamil Nadu on January 20 on account of the Jallikkattu protest?

How did a gathering that had swelled to over 500,000 gather in the arterial Beach Road bang opposite the police headquarters on the one end of the thoroughfare and the state secretariat on the other?

Was the police force blind till anti-national protestors gathered in enough strength to cause mayhem in Chennai?

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The timeline of Jaya’s last days:

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa died on December 5 2016 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. She had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, more than 70 days after she was hospitalised for complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

In the two months or so between her hospitalisation and her death, secrecy had been maintained around her health status, apart from short updates from the hospital and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

While she was hospitalized, state finance minister O. Panneerselvam was officially allocated the portfolios of Jayalalithaa as an interim arrangement and the AIADMK launched a campaign on Twitter to quell speculation about her health. After her death, Panneerselvam was appointed chief minister.

Here are the updates that were released from time to time about Jayalalithaa’s health status since she was hospitalised. Most of these statements reiterated that the chief minister would be discharged in a few days.

22 September: Jayalalithaa was admitted with complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

23 September: The hospital confirmed that her fever was under control and the chief minister had resumed normal diet.

25 September: Doctors and administrators at the hospital denied rumours that Jayalalithaa will be flown abroad for treatment.

29 September: While it was rumoured that necessary evaluation tests were being carried out, Subbiah Viswanathan, chief operating officer of the Apollo hospital, said in a statement, “The honourable chief minister has been advised few days in the hospital for recuperative treatment.”

2 October: The hospital confirmed that Dr Richard John Beale, consultant intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital, was flown in from the UK to assess Jayalalithaa’s health status. Without revealing any details, the hospital also said that the treatment plan included “appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures” to treat infection.

3 October: Another statement was issued. “The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” it said.

6 October: Another statement mentioned that the chief minister was making “gradual progress” and would require “longer stay at the hospital”.

8 October: Following this, it was announced that the hospital is treating her for “lung decongestion”. “All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway,” the hospital said. Around the same time, it was also announced that a team of doctors from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were treating the chief minister.

21 October: A health bulletin said Jayalalithaa was “interacting and progressing gradually”. The update on 21 October was the last official health bulletin from the hospital authorities, until the one on Sunday night mentioned about her cardiac arrest.

13 November: Jayalalithaa in a statement released by AIADMK said: “I have taken a rebirth due to the prayers of the people and my party cadre. What can harm me when I have your love?”

18 November: Apollo Hospital chairman Prathap C. Reddy said Jayalalithaa is able to breathe on her own without respiratory support. Jayalalithaa is being kept on ventilator for 15 minutes daily so that “her lungs could expand” and continues to be kept at the hospital’s critical care unit to avoid infection, Reddy said.

19 November: The AIADMK said the leader was shifted to a special room from the intensive critical care unit.

22 November: Jayalalithaa thanks voters for electing her party’s candidates in polls.

25 November: Reddy says Jayalalithaa speaking using tracheostomy tube valve.

4 December: AIADMK says AIIMS expert team confirms Jayalalithaa has recovered completely. Later in the day, she suffers a cardiac arrest.

5 December: Jayalalithaa put on life support, dies at 11.30pm.

Is India’s Supreme Court Being Manipulated by Sinister, Criminal Bankers?

Is India’s Supreme Court being manipulated to suit evil designs of criminal wrongdoers – with special emphasis on the nation’s banking woes?

“The Judiciary is at loggerheads with the political establishment in a one upmanship game. But we need transparency and accountability in both institutions, not just Parliament,” is a comment published in the Times of India in September 2016 – some two months prior to the demonetisation move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Supreme Court asked the central government to reduce the inconvenience of the people of India, saying “you cannot have surgical strike” against the common public. “You (Centre) can have a surgical strike against black money but you cannot have surgical strike against the people of the country,” a bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud said, pointing to the long queues at banks and ATMs within days of the demonetisation move by the Modi regime, a report in the website jantakareporter.com quoted the judges as saying on November 15 2016.

But, is the Apex Court doing its duty to curb the relentless acts of India’s worst criminal banker TM Bhasin – that seek to destroy India’s financial sector? The man has been left untouched since May 2016, despite a matter having been filed in July 2015.

The case of Vigilance Commissioner and India’s only criminal banker TM Bhasin is curious to say the least.

Operative excerpts from a report published in The Times of India in May 2016:

The Supreme Court issued notice to the centre over a petition challenging the appointment of former banker TM Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner in the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

Bhasin , who is a former chairman and managing director of Indian Bank, was appointed as Vigilance Commissioner in June last year by the Selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

According to reports, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, had sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter sent on in June,2015, to render Bhasin’s appointment null and void on the grounds of “moral turpitude”. Swamy had cited correspondence which revealed a previous CVC had recommended departmental action against Bhasin.

Swamy was referring to a 2011 complaint against Bhasin for allegedly “deliberately tampering” with the appraisal of a subordinate.

The earlier CVC had recommended that Regular Departmental Action should be initiated against TM Bhasin.

Since July 2015, the Supreme Court is seized of a serious matter against Bhasin.

Excerpts from averments in the public interest litigation [PIL] being heard in the Apex Court against Bhasin:

Bhasin was indicted in a detailed inquiry by the Central Vigilance Commission in 2013 for forging and tampering with appraisal report of Malay Mukherjee– a former General Manager of the Indian Bank.

The Central Vigilance Commission recommended action against current CMD of Indian Bank – TM Bhasin as early as August 2013 asking the Union Finance Ministry to comply.

Operative excerpts:

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has sought action against Indian Bank CMD TM Bhasin and former ED V Ramgopal for “high-handedness, arbitrariness and manipulation” of appraisal reports of Malay Mukherjee, a general manager in the bank, with a view to deny him a promotion.

The CVC also sought action against Shreya Guha [currently Secretary to Kalyan Singh, Governor, Rajasthan], a director in the ministry, for lapses in conducting enquiry against Bhasin and Ramgopal.

Seeking regular departmental action (RDA) against the two top-raking Indian Bank executives, CVC had told the finance ministry that Mukherjee’s performance for 2009 had been reviewed by the then ED A S Bhattacharya and M S Sundarrajan, who was then the CMD of the Chennai-headquartered bank. Bhasin and Ramgopal were not required to appraise Mukherjee for 2009-10 as he had not worked with the two executives, the report adds.

Despite this, Bhasin had “managed to get elected” as the Chairman of Indian Banks’ Association in 2014!

The missive from former Union Minister and currently senior member of the ruling party Dr Subramanian Swamy was strongly worded. It had been sent to the Prime Minister on 11.06.2015. It stated that charges against Bhasin were “very serious” and that the recommendation of the selection committee to appoint Bhasin as VC must be withdrawn on two grounds:

The first: “The finding of moral turpitude by CVC of Bhasin makes him unfit to keep the position of Vigilance Commissioner.

The second: Bhasin had allegedly collaborated with the nation’s enemy Dawood Ibrahim to ruin Bank of Baroda and thus destroy the Indian financial system.

Bhasin’s target in late 2014 had been reputed banker SS Mundra, who retired as one of the deputy governors in the Reserve Bank of India [RBI] recently. Bhasin had wanted the post Mundhra was scheduled to get as Bank of Baroda was larger and the position was more prestigious.  Bhasin had reportedly managed to keep Mundra waiting for several months.

Mundra’s elevation to RBI became possible after Dr Kamalesh Chandra Chakrabarty – another ex-Indian Bank head quit his RBI post 3 months ahead of schedule. Having spent most of his years in BoB, Chakrabarty has an impeccable record as a banker.

Bhasin took charge as the VC on June 11 2015.

In recent times, the Supreme Court has slammed the financial sector – with special emphasis on RBI.

“RBI is supposed to uphold public interest and not the interest of individual banks. We have surmised that many financial institutions have resorted to such acts which are neither clean nor transparent. The RBI in association with them has been trying to cover up their acts from public scrutiny,” said a bench comprising Justices M Y Eqbal and C Nagappan.

According to official RBI communiqués, the total write-offs in the 133 scheduled banks in India include a huge chunk of technically written-off accounts. The trotted out reason is: “After technical write-offs, there is no incentive for banks to pursue recovery.”

Rs. 1,14,000 crores worth ‘bad loans’ have been technically written off during the last 3 financial years (2012-13 to 2014-15). The write-offs exceed the previous nine years’ dubiously written off debts.

Of the total bad loan stock of Rs 4,43,691 crores in the banking industry, between 65-70 percent is linked to the corporate sector.

According to official RBI communiqués, the total write-offs in the 133 scheduled banks in India include a huge chunk of technically written-off accounts. The trotted out reason is: “After technical write-offs, there is no incentive for banks to pursue recovery.”

“We have to go after corrupt bank managements as well as corrupt promoters. There is no doubt that we need to do it. We do not have enough teeth. There are these promoters who have diverted funds. “Diverted fund” is a euphemism. I would say plainly that they have stolen the funds, and we cannot go after them. It takes too long,” so said Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of RBI, who is ill-disposed towards the demonetization process and is the blue-eyed boy of ace criminal lawyer P Chidambaram.

Even as all this was happening private sector foreign banks have ‘sold’ their bad debts of small borrowers to private banks in India. The buyer of such debts is a private bank – Kotak Mahindra. It has begun hounding those hurt by the financial downturn, despite its acts being in-congruent with India’s debt recovery laws.

If one takes a close look at how Satyam Computers morphed into Mahindra Satyam, one’s hackles would be raised!

Bhasin’s current protector-in-chief is Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley!

Removing Bhasin ought to be child’s play for the President of India on the basis of the above. Operative excerpts from the relevant rule book:

Subject to the provisions of sub-section (3), the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner shall be removed from his office only by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on a reference made to it by the President, has, on inquiry, reported that the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner, as the case may be, ought on such ground be removed. The President may suspend from office, and if deem necessary prohibit also from attending the office during inquiry, the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner in respect of whom a reference has been made to the Supreme Court under sub-section (1) until the President has passed orders on receipt of the report of the Supreme Court on such reference. (3) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the President may by order remove from office the Central Vigilance Commissioner or any Vigilance Commissioner if the said Central Vigilance Commissioner or such Vigilance Commissioners is and/or are involved in offences of moral turpitude.

[Emphasis added]

Excerpts from CJI TS Thakur’s thoughts on the functioning of the Apex Court:

The Constitution tells us that what would be the works to be done by the government. It has fixed the duties and responsibilities for judiciary, executive and legislature. “The judiciary has been given the duty to keep a watch that nobody crosses that limit. Any order which is against the Constitution, judiciary can set it aside to maintain the rule of law.

The obvious scofflaw Bhasin is being simply overlooked by the judiciary – and surprisingly even by the President – Pranab Mukherjee. Both have the powers to initiate action suo motu.

Yet, it hasn’t been done. Both Bhasin and his saviour Shreya Guha have been left untouched.

It is a matter of public knowledge that Bhasin is a favourite of FM Jaitley.

Jaitley also happens to be a senior lawyer whose spheres of influence encompass many rooms in India’s Supreme Court.

Jaitley’s utterances have embarrassed the PM on the demonetisation endeavour.

Banking sector is yet to rise up to the challenge of making life of the suffering common laity simpler. The likes of Vijay Mallya, of course make merry beyond the borders of India.

So, should India’s Apex Court judges look at themselves in the mirror and ask: “are we being manipulated to suit evil designs of criminal wrongdoers – with special emphasis on the nation’s banking woes?”

The real reasons for Modi’s absence from Parliament

Will the Government of India admit the real reasons which forced Modi’s hand to demonetise high value currency notes on November 8 2016?

Answer: Perhaps not.

Why?

Answer: Because the involvement of top officials of the Reserve Bank of India would expose India’s smelly financial underbelly.

Was the sinister connection between Pakistan’s inductions of counterfeit notes into India capable of destroying India?

Answer: Yes.

Did Islamabad and its shady links with criminal firms have a bearing on Modi’s November 8 2016 sudden demonetisation announcement?

Answer: YES!

Why is the opposition forcing Modi to reveal the truth?

Answer: The real answers could destroy the financial fabric of the nation – which is what Pakistan and other enemies of India want. The opposition seems to be acting at their behest by going hammer and tongs at the short-comings of the demonetisation move that flushed out the fake currency in one swift move!

India’s National Security Advisor [NSA] – Ajit Doval is said to be in possession of details of perfidious activities within India that could have [notice the past perfect tense] ruined Bharat’s economy.

Must read: https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/11/22/are-indian-oppositions-honourable-men-and-women-out-to-kill-bharats-neo-caesar-modi/ 

Due to the sudden demonetisation, presses run and maintained by the Karnataka based Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Private Limited (BRBNMPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India, are working overtime to bridge the gap between demand and supply.

According to the company’s own website, the presses are the latest in ‘state of the art’ technology in bank note printing. One of the companies that supplied machinery at its Mysore site is De La Rue Giori, now renamed KBA Giori, Switzerland.

That is where the sinister portion begins.And that is also why Modi cannot expose his own central bank’s smelly crannies.

In January 2016, the Indian Express reported that the Indian Home Ministry had barred a German company, Louisenthal, from selling bank note paper to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) after it discovered that the firm was also selling raw notes to Pakistan, according to a senior official. Operative excerpts:

“We have proof that high-quality fake Indian currency notes are being produced in Pakistan and pushed into India through Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The availability of a common supplier could be one of the reasons behind such high-quality fake notes,” the official said.

Representatives of Louisenthal refused to comment when asked about its links with the UK-based De La Rue, which had been banned by the RBI after having come under the scanner following admissions of supplying paper that had “failed to meet certain quality specifications”.

India had sought help from the US, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit last September, in tracking countries where bank note paper used to print fake Indian currency is manufactured.

Also read: http://wp.me/p7bYkZ-Lk

At least five cases were reported last year of Pakistani nationals being arrested in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand and UAE with consignments of fake Indian currency notes.

The unholy links of these firms was known all along to the Government of India, says another website. Operative excerpts:

In 2009-10, the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI] raided some 70-odd branches of various banks on the India-Nepal border and unearthed a counterfeit currency racket. Bank officials blurted to CBI sleuths that the notes had come from RBI. As a result, CBI raided RBI vaults and found a massive cache of Rs 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination notes that had been smuggled by the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI into India.

In 2010 the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU), was shocked to find out that the Government had outsourced the printing of Rs 1 lakh crore of currency notes to US, UK and Germany putting the “entire economic sovereignty (of the country) at stake”.

The 3 companies to whom the Indian currency printing was outsourced are American Banknote Company (USA), Thomas De La Rue (UK) and Giesecke and Devrient Consortium (Germany).

Following the scandal, Reserve Bank sent a senior official on a fact-finding mission to De La Rue‘s printing plant in Hampshire, UK.

A third of De la Rue’s profits did not include profits earned through new contracts – that encompassed sale of 95% of its security paper sold to many nations among whom India and Pakistan are important ones, was the prima facie finding.

As a result, De La Rue was blacklisted by the government with 2000 metric tonnes of its paper lying unused at printing presses and warehouses.

De la Rue’s CEO James Hussey who is the godson of the Queen of England quit the company mysteriously. De la Rue’s shares tanked and it almost went bankrupt losing one of its most valuable customers – RBI. Its French rival Oberthur approached De la Rue with a bid to take over the company which was fought back.

The complaints sent to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) by ‘unnamed officers of the Ministry of Finance’ mentioned other companies too. These include French firm Arjo Wiggins, Crane AB of USA and Louisenthal, Germany.

The scandal had just surfaced under the United Progressive Alliance government. Rather ironically, the potty ex-PM Dr Manmohan Singh proverbially termed the NDA kettle black!

Part of De La Rue was acquired by Privet Capital that prints and processes bank notes of 106 nations in May 2016.

Operative excerpts from a relevant press statement: Privet Capital, a private equity investor focused on creating value through operational improvement, acquired Cash Processing Solutions Limited [CPS] and its subsidiaries from De La Rue.

CPS specialises in providing cash processing hardware, software and related services to central banks, commercial banks, state print-works and commercial cash processing companies. Its sorting solutions process 125 billion banknotes per annum from operations in 106 countries, supported by a team of over 500 people.

De La Rue announced a windfall on November 22 2016.

De La Rue announced that it will continue to print currency at its factory in Malta. The company has been working in Malta for over 40 years and last year announced that it was creating a Centre of Excellence for Identity and Security Print in Malta, as part of a global investment of €33 million in equipment, factory upgrades and skills.

The facility at Malta is the World’s largest commercial printer of both banknotes and passports. The announcement came on the back of a solid business performance by the firm. Martin Sutherland, the firm’s CEO confirmed that the move was designed to provide the flexibility to meet current and future customer requirements.

‘We have refined the implementation plan for our Global footprint to give us a better blend of outsourcing with a more flexible in house production capacity, and as a result will be keeping the remaining banknote print line open in Malta,’ a company press release revealed.

Contrary to previous intentions, De La Rue will not be reducing its workforce and will not be offering further voluntary retirement schemes, the statement added.

Malta is one of the global centres of diabolically sinister financial activity.

In his report, journalist MK Venu [1] in 2015 – wrote the chilling words: Tax havens like Mauritius, Malta, Bahamas and the Cayman islands still operate in non-transparent ways”.

The nature of the scofflaw nature of Malta can be guessed with one simple yardstick. One of its new citizens is Lalit Kumar Modi – the man against whom India’s official ministry claims to have issued Interpol’s red-corner-notice.

The UN is aware of such developments – with a savage twist – terrorism – since 2004!

Excerpts from the relevant UN report:

The United Nations Questionnaire on the Nature of Links between Terrorism and other Forms of Crime” was sent to Member States pursuant to UN General Assembly resolution 58/136, adopted upon the recommendation of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice and ECOSOC, on “the need to strengthen international cooperation and technical assistance in promoting the implementation of the universal conventions and protocols related to terrorism within the framework of the activities of the UNODC”.

The resolution invited Member States to provide the Secretary-General with information on the nature of links between terrorism and other forms of crime  and to comment on whether terrorist groups’ modus operandi.

India reported that terrorist groups are involved in organized criminal activities of various kinds, including arms trafficking, money laundering, corruption, trafficking in persons, and drug trafficking.

In India, specific instances have come to the attention of the authorities regarding the financing of terrorist acts and the use of informal money transfer systems such as the hawala system. India reported that such underground banking systems have substantial links with the underworld and money laundering channels which, in turn are linked to terrorist activities.

Important links between terrorist financing and economic crime were funded by counterfeiting of currencies. Fake Indian currency notes have been systematically used by terrorists to finance their activities in India. Organized crime groups have also contributed to the circulation of the forged currency in India and abroad. India reported that there had been cooperation between organized crime groups and terrorists for a long time, but that a significant new development on this front was the fact that organized crime gangs and terrorists outfits had begun to work “in consonance”. There are numerous instances of the involvement of organized crime 27 gangs in terrorism. The attack on the U.S. Information Centre, Kolkata (January 2002) is an example of such collaborations.

[All emphasised portions are by the author]

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M.K. Venu is a Founding Editor of The Wire. As an active economic and political writer, he has held leadership roles in reputed newspapers such as The Economic TimesThe Financial Express and The Hindu. He has written extensively on economic policy matters for over a quarter century after India opened up its economy in 1991. He also wrote regular political economy columns on the edit pages of The Economic TimesFinancial Express and Indian Express over the past two decades. He hosts a regular political-economy discussion called ‘State of the Economy’ on the national public broadcast channel RSTV. He has also been invited by Parliamentary Committees to give his views on public policy matters. He is on Twitter @mkvenu1.

Will India Inc Forget Demonetisation Woes Thru Jaitley’s Raids On Zakir Naik’s IRF & An Arms’ Dealer Sponsored Concert?

India’s media savvy Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has perhaps succeeded in creating a sideshow by pretending to lynch Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. Since July, the Finance and Home Ministries have twiddled their thumbs over the issue.

The Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and other departments that report to India’s Jaitley have begun conducting raids on Naik’s Islamic Research Foundation [IRF].

As it did in July this year, the sudden interest on Naik may yet prove to be nothing more than a storm in a beer tankard sold in south Mumbai’s watering hole – Metro House!

Is the proposed ‘impending action’ against Islamic hate-monger Zakir Naik – a diversionary tactic to drag attention away from the current anger of the public against the demonetisation?

The answer: Probably, yes.

What purpose would the diversion serve?

Answer: It would succeed in attracting people’s attention towards an inbuilt hatred against a faith called Islam. Its basic tenets have nothing in common with terrorism. But, persons like Zakir Naik [better suggestion for a name – Shaatir Naalaayak – meaning clever scoundrel] besmirch the reputation of Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Unto Him].

Of course, the exercise would drag the angst and anger of the people of India that is Bharat away from the demonetisation travails.

How sure can one be about this tactic working?

India’s financial capital Mumbai is witnessing theGlobal Citizen Concert.”

The concert’s syndication is handled by one Shiv Khemka, a notorious arms dealer with a shady past with all sorts of connections with Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Shiv Khemka is more Russian than Indian, one would be led to believe by reading a short profile on the group in Business Today:

The disinvestment process is what drew us more to India,” says Shiv Vikram Khemka, Executive Director. “’We have a 20-30 year perspective for India.”

The Khemkas fancy their chances because of the success they’ve met with in the disinvestment process in Russia: Out of 35 bids, they succeeded in 27. The Khemkas aren’t revealing the PSUs they’re targeting, preferring to only identify the sector they’ve identified: oil and energy.

Shiv Khemka is an open supporter of Arun Jaitley.

His tweet in September 2016 [reproduced verbatim below] clearly shows where his loyalties lie: Swamy’s statement against FM @arunjaitley and about tax laws is totally irresponsible.

Economic Times stated that while Russian Helicopters (RH) is in talks with a handful of possible Indian partners, the lead contender happens to be the Gurgaon-based Sun Group, reported a website in May 2015. Operative excerpt:

As per insiders, the group may get a significant share of the deal, which might cross a whooping amount of $700 million. RH is likely to produce at least 200 choppers in India. Vice-Chairman and founder of Sun Group Shiv Vikram Khemka has been a non-executive director on the board of RH since 2011 and has already set up a helicopter division. He is likely to be involved in the ‘Make in India’ project.

While the Sun Group did not respond to a detailed questionnaire sent by ET, company officials said things were at a preliminary stage and it was too early to comment.

But according to sources, Sun Group was also an offset partner for RH in a previous competition to supply light choppers to the army, a process which was cancelled by the government last year.

The financial capital will also soon forget another little thing it ought not to – the dreaded date called 26/11.

An excerpt from the relevant report in The Indian Express dated November 19 2016 told the bitter truth:

The concert Global Citizen is taking place just before the eighth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and speaks volumes about the spirit of Mumbai — the show must go on.

The 26/11 show’s villains are still in Mumbai, enjoying life, cocking a snook at the law and left untouched by the cops – despite their being up to their ears in black money and involved in anti-national activities of the worst kind!

Here are links exposing shady sides of the ongoing show:

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/07/06/did-indias-gossip-column-journo-sinh-commit-suicide/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/06/05/maharashtras-bjp-slur-khadse-in-a-vain-shadow/

The irony is best expressed in the song penned by the immortal Hindi lyricist Shailendra for the 1962 Devanand starrer Asli Naqli [True-Fake].

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy,

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Breaking relationships

Traditions

I have arrived amidst those with kind hearts

I can tell you there is no strength in the rich

The world of pelf didn’t care for me

The globe’s poor showered love on me

I sat on my imaginary palace’s throne

Sighting an Utopian global peace

Yet

Yesterday’s wealth, today’s joy

The courts of the rich

And my impoverished alleys

You should be asking me

As to which one is true

And which is the fake!

Indians are being fooled again – by the clever Jaitley – who is running with the bad-dogs and also running alongside the hound – Modi!

India’s paid press will surely make merry.

The evidence from the recent past is too fresh in the memory!

Goswami subtly hitting Modi to emerge as next Kejriwal?

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?

Post the so-called ‘highly acclaimed’ Modi interview, senior journalist Hartosh Singh Bal asked two important questions on twitter that actually exposed the mens rea behind the Goswami exercise of chatting with the PM before television cameras.

If Raghuram Rajan is a patriotic Indian, doing a good job, why didn’t he get a second term?

If Swamy is wrong, what will you do? You made him RS MP, why?

These were 2 questions Goswami had not asked Modi, Bal averred.

Even before the full frankly speaking saga was aired, its promos claimed the PM had silenced Dr Subramanian Swamy by slamming the southern maverick. The entire national media took that lead. Curiously, the PM did not refer to the southern maverick politico by name.

The ‘lead’ had come from Arun Jaitley before the Modi-Goswami tête-tête.

Of course, Swamy has fallen silent. Bal, once featured in Goswami’s “Noise Hour” isn’t being accorded the honour these days.

Swamy had threatened to to expose serious wrongdoing on the part of one of Finance Ministry mainstays Shaktikanta Das. It fizzled out into a damp squib.

India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has stoutly backed the nation’s Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das.

“An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the Finance Ministry,” Jaitley said in a tweet at 1724 hours IST on June 23 2016 implying Das is as pure as driven snow.

Rumours have begun circulating that Das could be the next RBI Governor.

Is Das a disciplined civil servant?

Consider the following:

The career of Enforcement Directorate’s Investigating Officer Rajeshwar Singh probing the 2G Spectrum scandal was almost killed reportedly at the behest of Shaktikanta Das who held the post of Secretary to Government of India, Department of Revenue. That department  oversees operations of ED and a lot other vital punitive departments that tackle tax evaders.

Singh was probing the 2G Spectrum scandal under the supervision of the Supreme Court. He was shunted out in early 2014. At that point in time, India Inc. more or less knew that the United Progressive Alliance regime was on its way out. Justice Singhvi, the strict and stern SC judge – who was hearing the 2G Spectrum scandal and monitoring Singh’s investigation had retired in December 2013.

Weeks before the 2014 parliamentary poll results that caused a change of political guard in India that is Bharat, acting on Swamy’s petition, the Supreme Court asked the immediate reinstatement of Singh. The order was ignored.

After waiting for a few months since the NDA began its rule, Swamy raised the matter in SC again.

Senior counsel KK Venugopal who appeared for ED matters in SC had been known to be against the shifting of Investigating Officers [IOs] conducting probes under the supervision of the Apex Court.

The Revenue Department headed by Das replaced Venugopal with Additional Solicitor General Nageshwara Rao. [Soon, he was directly elevated to the Supreme Court from the Bar – the 7th in the annals of Indian judiciary.]

The SC did not like the way Singh was being footballed by the Revenue Department. It curtly gave a mere 3 days to comply with its orders by reinstating Singh.

The Revenue Department pursued Singh with a vengeance.

Cases were preferred against Singh in various courts citing ‘service matters’. The endeavour was meant to stymie Singh obtaining the UPSC norm. The Revenue Department lost every case.

Following the reported ‘discovery’ of protection accorded to Das protégé Rajan Katoch [said to be a relative of Congress mainstay Digvijay Singh] and the latter’s attempt to sabotage the National Herald case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Das and Katoch were transferred – allegedly under the orders of PM Modi.

For the statistically minded there are 2 points to note:

  • Das had held vital posts in Tamil Nadu when the DMK had been in power.
  • Singh’s probe is proving to be a pain in the neck of P Chidambaram and several others linked to the AIRCEL-Maxis scandal.

“If Das does become the RBI boss – someone will have to write a newer version of the Marx’s treatise – Das Kapital with a right-wing twist. Sure, Das is civil. The civil nature is because the criminal ramifications of his actions will be difficult to prove in a court of law. Das seems to be the servant of the corrupt in Delhi if the chronology of events that had exposed Revenue Department’s contempt of Supreme Court is any indication. Finally, Das is indeed a disciplined soldier of the Jai Italy army,” a Delhi wag wisecracked.

The initial questions again:

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is the Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to  destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?

There are many who allege that Goswami’s now-famous chat with the PM was a PR job.

Was it a PR Job or something else??

Excerpts from Arnab’s self-eulogy:

From NSG to China, Pakistan to Rajan, Swamy to inflation, 2019 to Uttar Pradesh and the politics of polarisation, rising unemployment to the parliament logjam, the possible passage of GST to the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, black money and the Rs. 15 lakh in every bank account promise, [my] interview had covered it all… everyone in the national media, on print, TV and digital followed it.

Was I soft?

Eventually, all of us will be judged by what we do.

NSG, China policy, Pakistan’s perfidy, Rajan, inflation, politics of polarisation, rising unemployment and the yet to be fulfilled promise of Rs.15 lakh into every Indian’s account – form a list of dubious non-achievements of the NDA regime under Modi.

Modi answered all these questions.

Perhaps misled by Arnab’s quiet tone, Modi reacted to the above queries in a way that arguably could – in future – prove to be an acute embarrassment to not only Modi and the NDA but also the BJP and the RSS.

Of course, Arnab would only be too happy to display the trophy to underline his being a fearless journalist – the same way as TimesNow shows clips from the famous interview that has virtually buried the career of Congress clown prince Rahul Gandhi.

As of now, the Congress is Gone-Gress. Goswami claims the credit for it.

One has to now wonder as to whether Goswami has begun the exercise to do the same job on Modi.

It could create a political vacuum in India’s  opposition ranks. Hypothetically, the ground would be fertile for the emergence of another Kejriwal.

Poor Arvind the cagey-re-wail is already close to the bottom of the dumps.

The initial questions once again:

Is Goswami part of a gang subtly besmirching the reputation of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi?

Is the Goswami’s PM interview the precursor to  destabilise the National Democratic Alliance [NDA] regime?

Is the exercise aimed at aiding Arun Jaitley [now nicknamed Jai-Italy] to become the next tenant at 7 Race Course Road in Lutyens’ Delhi?

Or do those who are backing Goswami want him to be a more effective and better sophisticated Arvind Kejriwal?