NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s arrest does not mean much to the common man if the money he accumulated illegally is not recovered by the government. Past records show that money lost to corruption is seldom recovered in our country, more so when it involves a politician or those industrialists who have connections with people in power. Suresh Kalmadi was arrested in the past but now out of jail and forgotten, Subrata Roy is enjoying jail hospitality but no news of his ‘loot’ recovery by the government and the list is endless. Top industrial houses owes lakhs of crores of rupees to the banks and financial institutions and the staggering amount at times are even more’ than their turnover which speaks poorly of the corporate governance as well as politics of our country which lacks ethics and support corruption.
Politicians love getting arrested and going to jail is like insulating their illegal wealth as they get a clean chit once they are out of prison. Tamil Nadu Chie Minister J Jayalalithaa was in jail for amassing hundreds of crores of rupees but now is back as CM and a respected figure. It’s time for Supreme Court to intervene and put checks and balances in our system. Elected leaders should not get special treatment but treated on par with other criminals or law breakers. Bhujbal’s arrest means nothing and the key is recovering the loot. A special Supreme Court bench needs to be appointed in high profile arrests to trace the money siphoned out of the system and the punishment part could be taken care of by the courts. People in high profile public offices should be given exemplary punishment so that it acts as a stern lesson to other people of their tribe!
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)