Will Truth Prevail?

Source: Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 45, No. 37 (SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2010), p. 8
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publicly traded companies. The cvc can also "take the assistance" endemic proportions of corruption in public life in India and of police authorities and the Central Bureau of Investigation for corruption-related violence (eight Right to Information (rti) making inquiries. any disclosure of corruption made five issued the Public Interest Disclosure and Protection of Informers' years after the corrupt act was allegedly done will not be investi Resolution. The Public Interest Disclosure and Protection to Persons concerned government authorities (including police) to ensure Making the Disclosure Bill. societies. Since concerned agencies. the Sarbanes-Oxley Act powers of a civil court. has to be carried out on many fronts.feels little remorse that it was dation with the Palestinian people. There of the vulnerability of those who expose corruption into public is no reason why the private sector should be left out of the focus. but strong protection laws go a "appropriate machinery" to deal with the inquiry which the cvc long way in reassuring them of safety. Like all previous efforts by mated four million refugees from Iraq . However. this too is destined to fail.jstor. And the us. Nothing is Lok Sabha. the us Whistleblowers Protection Act. a law was encourage fudging of dates and backdating of documents. This provision is rather baffling and has the potential to statutory protection to people who report corruption. after creating an esti Palestine regime of Mahmoud Abbas. It also enjoins punishment for false or of 2002 was passed giving wide legal protection to disclosures in frivolous complaints. the moot controversies and are accused of being vulnerable to pressures point is how far it will be possible to implement the provisions of from the ruling political establishment. Following a Supreme Court order in 2004. Will Truth Prevail? In its current form. to serve the strate Israel simply does not feel any sense of accountability for the gic ambitions of a recalcitrant ally. The an Office of Special Counsel was set up to aid them and prevent cvc which is the nodal agency in all such cases will have the victimisation. the proposed legislation and how far the infrastructure available The fight against corruption has many ramifications and will support effective implementation. How may the nism. and empowers example. In the bill introduced in Parliament. Also. After the Enron collapse. the government purview of the bill. Pro debated in the public and thoroughly revised so as to give it more tection will require an exceptionally strong legal help mecha teeth lest it becomes yet another cosmetic exercise. a committed and sensitive investigative agency and strong risk involved in blowing-the-whistle be significantly reduced? support systems. then the murder of two whistle-blowers (Satyendra Dubey in The whistle-blowers' bill does not cover the private sector. Since this resolution is not sufficient to provide gated. direct the protected against retaliatory action? 8 September ii.181 on Thu.214. given the is empowered to superintend. the corruption and wrongdoing. the rele How best may the anonymity of the whistle-blower be scrupu vant clause 10 only says that in case of victimisation the compe lously maintained? How may the whistle-blower be adequately tent authority shall take action as "deemed fit". For It prevents victimisation of such complainants. which are constantly being revised to give them more teeth. bill envisages that a public authority (against whom a disclosure Everywhere in the world whistle-blowers have to be unusually is made and to whom the cvc sends an inquiry) will create an committed and unafraid of risks. 2010 was recently tabled in the protection and that these directions will be binding. 2003 and Manjunath Shanmugham in 2007) brought the issue concerned as it is with only central and state governments. EDITORIALS - between his declaration of victory in Iraq and the launch of direct millions of refugees it created while claiming its supposed na negotiations shortly afterwards. The rti Act has been a The bill covers acts of corruption or wilful misuse of power particularly effective one not only because it is a strong piece of by public servants belonging to the central and state govern legislation but also because rti activists across the country are a ments or any corporations.org/terms . tweaked into a foreordained military disaster. In the us . It provides for "adequate protection" profile whistle-blowing cases than those of any other country - to public servants or citizens reporting such corruption and disclosures of corruption are covered by a number of laws a regular mechanism to encourage them to disclose such acts. local bodies and categories vigilant lot. providing for exemplary punishment Protecting the identity of whistle-blowers is always very to anyone retaliating and placing a deadline for completion difficult and in the past few years the United States has witnessed of investigation. required to provide effective protection to those who expose Since the cvc has no investigative mechanism of its own. 20io vol xlv no 37 GEC9 Economic & Political weekly This content downloaded from 14.which has perhaps seen the most high under their jurisdiction. The Law Commission of India had first drafted spelt out and clearly everything is left to the discretion of the a bill on providing protection to whistle-blowers in 2001. high-profile cases of whistle-blowers who have exposed illegal The Public Interest Disclosure Bill needs to be vigorously acts in large corporations being subjected to harassment. Both these agencies are periodically mired in activists have been murdered since January this year). 1989 to protect the Central Vigilance Commission (cvc) or the designated com federal employees making disclosures was amended in 1994 and petent authority to penalise those who reveal their identity. 20 Jul 2017 00:04:21 UTC All use subject to http://about.139. the whistle-blowers' bill will simply not do. between Israel and the quisling tional patrimony in Palestine.the best of the country's the us to bring the Zionist entity to some semblance of accommo middle-class and intelligentsia .