1. Arun Jaitley: Political discourse becoming more vulgar

Arun Jaitley: Political discourse becoming more vulgar

Amid frequent face offs between the government and opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said political discourse in the country has become "more vulgar".

By: | Published: December 24, 2015 8:47 AM

Amid frequent face offs between the government and opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said political discourse in the country has become “more vulgar”.

“Though extremely popular to say, the anti-corruption law must be made more and more stringent and more and more unreasonable. That is the more popular way these days in politics, particularly when political discourse also tends to become more vulgar,” Arun Jaitley, under fierce opposition attack over alleged irregularities in Delhi’s cricket body, said delivering the annual Intelligence Bureau lecture.

Jaitley’s comments came amidst the ongoing tussle between the Arvind Kejriwal government and the Centre over alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association where he was the president for about 13 years till 2013.

Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad too alleged there were financial irregularities in the DDCA when Jaitley was at its helm.

Arun Jaitley has refuted the allegations and filed civil and criminal defamation cases against five AAP leaders, including Kejriwal.

About “continuing mandamus”, Jaitley said the whole idea behind the move was to make sure that investigating agency does its job.

“This process has gone on for two decades and you have cases of economic offences which are investigated by several agencies, state police, CBI and other agencies which requires an introspection and analytic view, a continuing mandamus alerts the investigation,” he said.

Continuing Mandamus is a writ of Mandamus issued to a lower authority by the higher authority in general public interest asking the officer or the authority to perform its task expeditiously for an unstipulated period of time for preventing miscarriage of justice.

The Finance Minister said there are not too many cases in which investigating agencies in a case involving continuing mandamus have ended investigation in favour of the accused.

“The golden rule which most investigating agencies follow is that if a court is conducting a continuing mandamus, it is easier to file a charge sheet and let the court decide whether evidence exists or not,” he said.

Therefore, Arun Jaitley said, after 20 years of this experiment, a call has to be taken, including by the courts, whether the imbalance between a fair investigation and rights of the accused have been created by an institution of continuing mandamus.

It is an instrument which can be used rarely in cases where there is reason to apprehend that an honest investigation is not being carried out.

“To make continuing mandamus a regular practice, may have a tendency to create an imbalance in the criminal jurisprudence due to the reasoning adopted in the judgement of cases,” he said.

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  1. Hemen Parekh
    Dec 24, 2015 at 3:41 am
    How to conquer Corruption ? There is only one sure - and superfast - way to get rid of corruption By introducing : * NEGATIVE MOTIVATION Putting behind bars ( - and right away ; not after 6 years ) , every corrupt fellow and immediately confiscating his ill-gotten wealth * POSITIVE MOTIVATION By abolishing Personal Income Tax and introducing Amnesty Scheme , incentivize # converting of black money into white # acceptance of all payments thru official channels As far as providing " Negative Motivation " is concerned , I had sent following suggestion to our Hon Prime Minister / Finance Minister / other Ministers / Secretaries etc , on 4th Nov 2015 : # INTERNET OF THINGS ( IoT ) As each currency note of Rs 500 / 1000 , is getting printed , embed it with microscopic RFID chips ( with this , current cost of a RFID chip will fall from 50 paise to 5 paise ) Besides communicating with each other , these chips will also transmit their existence location , through internet , to cloud-based servers of Income Tax Department This will form a " NETWORK OF CURRENCY NOTES ( NoC ) " You may like to call this Internet of Currency ( IoC ) , a sub-set of IoT ! # IP ADDRESS SYSTEM ( IP V 6.0 ) Each Rs 500 / 1000 currency note must be igned ( at the time of printing ) , its own unique Internet Address , using IP V 6.0 This IP address should be linked with the unique Serial Number printed on each note. Since IP V 6.0 , will be capable of igning " 2 * 10 to the power of 128 ", no of IP addresses , there is no danger of running out of addresses , even if we decide to extend this idea to Rs 100 currency notes ! Here are the most important BYE - PRODUCTs : * No more possibility of fake / forged / counterfeit , currency notes * No thief would ever want to steal such currency notes which continuously announce their location * No one would want to make any " Cash Deal " . All payments will become official only ! * Plastic currency notes will last 10 times longer ! This reform will enable the Central Government / Income Tax Department , to : * Continuously trace the movement of each of these higher denomination currency notes * Instantly locate any place ( using Google Map based GPS ) , where there is an aculation of more than Rs 1 Crore worth of currency notes Such aculation will be made to appear as a TAG CLOUD on the web site of IT Dept, like thousands of balloons floating on a map of India , capable of being drilled down to within 1 Sq Meter ! Of course , visible only to IT officers ; not to general public ! On each balloon , will appear a number announcing , " Amount of Cash here - Rs " ! This will vastly simplify the task of Anti Corruption Dept / Enforcement Dept etc Of course , RBI will need to allow 6 month's time to the owners of current paper currency notes of Rs 500 / 1000 , to get these exchanged with new plastic notes before withdrawal of the old notes from circulation Implementation of this suggestion , does NOT require ping of any BILL in Lok Sabha or being held to ransom in Rajya Sabha ! And it can be implemented in India , within ONE YEAR But if Chinese President Xi Jinping comes to know about the practicality of this suggestion , he might implement it in 6 months ! How come ? Simple ! Xi Jinping has the political will ! And no historical baggage ! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh 24 Dec 2015 ( Also read blog " Create Wealth to Create Jobs " at : > Blogs )

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