1. I was the victim of fraud: Ram Jethmalani

I was the victim of fraud: Ram Jethmalani

Under fire from the grand secular alliance for his failure to bring back black money stashed abroad, senior Supreme Court lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani today said he had become a "victim of fraud" by playing into the hands of Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley.

By: | Patna | Published: October 4, 2015 10:04 PM

Under fire from the grand secular alliance for his failure to bring back black money stashed abroad, senior Supreme Court lawyer and Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani today said he had become a “victim of fraud” by playing into the hands of Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley.

“Today I have come here to do ‘penance’ for what I did by promoting Narendra Modi as the leader of the country (before the Lok Sabha polls). I thought that God has sent him as his ‘Aulia’ (representative) for India’s salvation…How I became the victim of fraud,” Jethmalani said here.

The veteran lawyer was here to fight for the cause of army personnel’s demand for “One Rank One Pension”.

Jethmalani said both the UPA and Modi-led government at the Centre did nothing to bring black money from foreign tax havens and held both P Chidambaram and Arun Jaitley responsible for the failure to disclose the names of persons holding the black money.

“Both P Chidambaram and Arun Jaitley should be first arrested and prosecuted if we really want to bring back black money. Jaitley…took recourse under the garb of ‘Double Avoidance Tax Treaty (DATT),” he alleged.

The senior lawyer said German government had the names of 1,400 people who have stashed their money in tax havens abroad and the German government was ready to part with the information with the Indian government free of cost but with a rider that there should be a written request from the government.

“I wrote a two-line letter to BJP leaders and none of them signed the letter,” he said, adding that as per a BJP task force committee, there are USD 1,500 billion, which is equivalent to Rs 90 lakh crore, are lying in tax havens.

Stating that the government has not been able to bring back a single dollar in the country, Jethmalani said had the government been successful in bring black money, it would not have been facing financial problem in acceding to the demands of ex-servicemen on ‘OROP’.

“Bihar should be the starting point…Defeat them…They have made Ram Jethmalani fool but the people will not be fooled in Bihar,” Jethmalani observed.

Asked about the RSS view on reviewing the reservation system, Jethmalani said, “this was not the time to talk about this and this can be influenced by constitutional amendment only and not on the directive of the RSS.”

Pitching for the continuing with quota system, he said, “People from backward classes have not reached that level from where reservation can be abolished. It should be continued till society thinks that it was able to compete with others.”

Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement chairman Major General Satbir Singh said they would go to every place where elections would be held to educate people, especially defence personnel, of the need to vote for parties which talk about them.

He said there are about 2.5 lakh servicemen that included working, retired and war widows in the state who can influence around 25 lakh votes.

Annoyed with the OROP issue donning a political colour, Lt Col (rtd) Anila Sinha expressed reservation on politicising the issue, saying OROP has nothing to do with state elections.

Lt Col Sinha was heckled and forcibly pushed out from the venue saying that Sinha was from Gen V K Singh’s group.

Later talking to reporters, Lt Col Sinha said, he wanted them to talk on OROP and wondered how the state election was concerned with the central government or OROP.

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    Gks
    Oct 5, 2015 at 7:03 pm
    Jettalani is a crook himself .....YOU CANNOT CHEAT AN HONEST MAN !!!!😄😎🚶🏻🚶🏻😄😎😇😄😁
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      pkpk
      Oct 5, 2015 at 12:50 am
      Clear One Rank One Pension Unconditionally, which includes: 1. Those who have taken Premature Retirement must come under OROP. 2. Pensions would be taken from the top of the pay scales. 3. Financial Year 2013-14 be taken for fixing the base. 4. Judicial Commission to be composed of three ex-servicemen, one serving officer and a bureaucrat. 5. Commission to come out with a report on the implementation of the OROP in one month. 6. OROP to be independent of the Central Pay Commission and the concept should be in perpetuity. 7. Pension revision to be every year.
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        pkpk
        Oct 5, 2015 at 12:52 am
        Had hon Jaitley processed OROP file recommended by Parrikar in April - May time frame, we wouldn't be talking about it now? What made Jaitley to put the entire issue into public debate, name calling, planted stories, dividing ranks, dividing veteran leadership? There are many stories in media that hon FM is anti-veteran (that is anti fauji) because he lost in Amritsar against a veteran in a consuency dominated by veterans? Another story doing the rounds is that he failed to make it in services selection board twice? Another argument is floated that he supported the fiscal imbalance argument by his babus to the hilt till RSS came into the picture? I think none of the BJP bigwig has the time and inclination to ponder over these possibilities whatever may be the post OROP fissures on morale of soldiers or the officer-jawan relationship? Postmortem of this ugly episode is expected only after 2019 elections, but by then it would be too late. Jaitly is not a leader, never was, even when he was opposition leader in RS. Modi is the leader who has to bear this mediocre leadership in his council of ministers.
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          pkpk
          Oct 5, 2015 at 12:53 am
          Had hon Jaitley processed OROP file recommended by Parrikar in April - May time frame, we wouldn't be talking about it now? What made Jaitley to put the entire issue into public debate, name calling, planted stories, dividing ranks, dividing veteran leadership? There are many stories in media that hon FM is anti-veteran (that is anti fauji) because he lost in Amritsar against a veteran in a consuency dominated by veterans? Another story doing the rounds is that he failed to make it in services selection board twice? Another argument is floated that he supported the fiscal imbalance argument by his babus to the hilt till RSS came into the picture? I think none of the BJP bigwig has the time and inclination to ponder over these possibilities whatever may be the post OROP fissures on morale of soldiers or the officer-jawan relationship? Postmortem of this ugly episode is expected only after 2019 elections, but by then it would be too late. Jaitly is not a leader, never was, even when he was opposition leader in RS. Modi is the leader who has to bear this mediocre leadership in his council of ministers......
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            pkpk
            Oct 5, 2015 at 12:51 am
            Hon. Modiji, yad hai SHOLAY men GABBAR ne THAKUR ko kya bola tha? Bahut Pachhtaoge Thakur! Faujiyon aur Babuon ki ladai men babuon ka pax lena bahut mehnga padega? 14th August Ko Budhe Faujion Ki Baijjiti ACP Meena Ke Gen Satbir Se Hath Milane Se Khatam Nahi Hojati. Sabko Malum Hai Kisne Hukum Diya Tha? Bahut Pachhtaoge Modiji? Fauji Disciplined Hai Islia Bolenge Kuchh Nahin Lakin Bhoolenge Bhi Nahin?
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              pkpk
              Oct 5, 2015 at 12:55 am
              Notify full OROP immediately.
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                pkpk
                Oct 5, 2015 at 1:52 am
                RE-ORGANIZATION OF MILITARY/CIVILIAN COMMAND STRUCTURE - There should be only 5 commands (NOT as Army, Navy or Air force but all three combined) - Northern Command, Western Command, Eastern Command, Central Command and Maritime Command (including Strategic Command). Eastern Command will include areas right up to South East Asia. Western Command will include areas up to Russia. Maritime Command will include areas up to West Asia including Arabian Sea, India Ocean, right up to Australia. Northern Command’s area will be limited but Kashmir itself is very important and areas in Tibet and Mona can be included. Central Command will contain all strike formations of Army/AF. All 5 commands should be commanded by a 4 star general from army, air force or navy, who will report to Joint Chiefs of Staff (4 star general but a higher appointment) in PMO deputed by another 4 star general. Both Joint Chiefs of Staff and his deputy will report to the defense minister but their offices will be in PMO. Prime Minister will be connected to all 4 star commanders in field by a hotline. There should be a situation room in PMO where regular meeting of top br of security apparatus can take place. Current service chiefs of army, air force and navy will remain in service headquarters to maintain and inter command transfers of the forces, however the military commanders in field will exercise the command and control over the forces under their command. Instead of one defense secretary, there will be secretaries each for army, air force and navy to exercise civilian control on specified areas. The above model will ensure complete civilian control over military, yet the highest level defense decision maker (PM) in touch with matters military and national defense (You know current DM’s frank admission about matters military). Imagine our PM calling the field military commander directly on hotline, eliminating all red tape. There will be no more inter service acrimony and all forces will jointly responsible for national security! If you ask for the opinion of service headquarters, that may be biased.
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                  pkpk
                  Oct 5, 2015 at 1:54 am
                  Sunil Jain kaun se bil men ghus a hai jo hamesha veterans ke peechhe pada rahata tha ki India bankrupt ho jayega agar OROP hua?
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                    pkpk
                    Oct 5, 2015 at 12:54 am
                    What a great psychological warfare by BABUS on OROP! First fielding senior journalists like Shekhar Gupta to talk sweet about veteran cause but rule out less than 10 year review. Shekhar Gupta was again fielded to advise PM that he should unilaterally announce OROP what he felt was right and not to go for negotiations with veterans (PM obliged on his (or babu’s?) advice few days later).Media was bombarded with planted editorials, comments and stories that veterans were unreasonable, greedy and undisciplined. When public atmosphere was successfully created as anti-veteran, FM was fielded to rule out annual review, which is central to definition of OROP as per Koshiyari committee recommendations. Then mediator MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar was sounded that 2-3 year review could be possibility to lure under pressure veteran leaders to climb down from OROP definition (to show veterans bargaining for more money rather than on moral high ground that they were fighting for justice), which they did foolishly by publicly accepting review every two years if certain conditions (that no junior will get higher pension than a senior in the same rank) are met. Thankfully for the veterans, govt did not accept that offer and once again veterans have now fallen back to original demand of annual review as per Koshiyari committee recommendations. Whatever happens now whether govt accepts annual review or veterans are forced to go to courts, it is now 100% certain that they will only accept annual review. Veterans are on moral high ground again on OROP implementation that they are fighting for justice and not for more money, which is essential for continued public support. After the announcement of diluted OROP (review every 5 years) and subsequent disillusionment among veterans, BABUS have fielded Chetan Bhagat to mislead the Indian public on OROP? All these planted stories have appeared in media immediately before govt appeared to take some crucial decisions on OROP?
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                      pkpk
                      Oct 5, 2015 at 1:52 am
                      What a great psychological warfare by BABUS on OROP! First fielding senior journalists like Shekhar Gupta to talk sweet about veteran cause but rule out less than 10 year review. Shekhar Gupta was again fielded to advise PM that he should unilaterally announce OROP what he felt was right and not to go for negotiations with veterans (PM obliged on his (or babu’s?) advice few days later).Media was bombarded with planted editorials, comments and stories that veterans were unreasonable, greedy and undisciplined. When public atmosphere was successfully created as anti-veteran, FM was fielded to rule out annual review, which is central to definition of OROP as per Koshiyari committee recommendations. Then mediator MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar was sounded that 2-3 year review could be possibility to lure under pressure veteran leaders to climb down from OROP definition (to show veterans bargaining for more money rather than on moral high ground that they were fighting for justice), which they did foolishly by publicly accepting review every two years if certain conditions (that no junior will get higher pension than a senior in the same rank) are met. Thankfully for the veterans, govt did not accept that offer and once again veterans have now fallen back to original demand of annual review as per Koshiyari committee recommendations. Whatever happens now whether govt accepts annual review or veterans are forced to go to courts, it is now 100% certain that they will only accept annual review. Veterans are on moral high ground again on OROP implementation that they are fighting for justice and not for more money, which is essential for continued public support. After the announcement of diluted OROP (review every 5 years) and subsequent disillusionment among veterans, BABUS have fielded Chetan Bhagat to mislead the Indian public on OROP? All these planted stories have appeared in media immediately before govt appeared to take some crucial decisions on OROP?
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                        pkpk
                        Oct 5, 2015 at 7:50 am
                        Worst of the democracy is better than best of dictatorship and in a democracy, military has no role or say in the policy making of any kind. That doesn’t mean the powerful and mighty in a democracy should reward themselves and ignore and humiliate the powerless (Faujis)? Like they did with unilateral announcement of so called OROP to put the Faujis to their place? 5th September announcement about OROP was about military soldiers (can’t confuse with veterans only because the measure was meant for current as well as future military pensioners). That justified including those highest ranking (cabinet rank) officers – service chiefs in that august gathering. Senior most defense civil servant (defense secretary) in the gathering possibly would have handled the draft OROP doent and handed over to RM but whether that draft was shown to the service chiefs would remain a matter of speculation for the general public? That draft piece of paper was not an ordinary doent but a decision doent on a 42 years old sensitive pension case affecting millions of military personnel going through various governments, parliamentary committees and veteran agitations – and the powerful minister and bureaucrat didn’t think it necessary to show that doent to the powerless chiefs, who were major party to the issue, dispute and solution? Why it took 42 years to undo (was the OROP finally awarded as defined by parliament?) injustice meted out to Faujis in 1973 can be explained with draft OROP announcement, VRS incorporated in that. There may be thousands other cases related to Faujis, which are disposed-off in similar manner?
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                          pkpk
                          Oct 5, 2015 at 7:51 am
                          Worst of the democracy is better than best of dictatorship and in a democracy, military has no role or say in the policy making of any kind. That doesn’t mean the powerful and mighty in a democracy should reward themselves and ignore and humiliate the powerless (Faujis)? Like they did with unilateral announcement of so called OROP to put the Faujis to their place? 5th September announcement about OROP was about military soldiers (can’t confuse with veterans only because the measure was meant for current as well as future military pensioners). That justified including those highest ranking (cabinet rank) officers – service chiefs in that august gathering. Senior most defense civil servant (defense secretary) in the gathering possibly would have handled the draft OROP doent and handed over to RM but whether that draft was shown to the service chiefs would remain a matter of speculation for the general public? That draft piece of paper was not an ordinary doent but a decision doent on a 42 years old sensitive pension case affecting millions of military personnel going through various governments, parliamentary committees and veteran agitations – and the powerful minister and bureaucrat didn’t think it necessary to show that doent to the powerless chiefs, who were major party to the issue, dispute and solution? Why it took 42 years to undo (was the OROP finally awarded as defined by parliament?) injustice meted out to Faujis in 1973 can be explained with draft OROP announcement, VRS incorporated in that. There may be thousands other cases related to Faujis, which are disposed-off in similar manner?
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                            Sudarshan
                            Oct 5, 2015 at 8:20 pm
                            Jet malai JI, you cannot be victim, you make people victim. Somehow you feel that you are a very imp person as because Modi ji accepted you as friend, you felt that Modi ji will dance with you everyday. He is the PM, he doesn't have time for you. So now you have strated working against him. So work, you are not deserve to get our attention.
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