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Judges In The Dock

Transcripts of conversations between middlemen leaked from the Central Bureau of Investigation suggest that payments allegedly reached the top echelons of the judiciary. On Jan 30, activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan went to the extent of alleging that the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was involved in the medical scam.…

Highway Heist

The Central Vigilance Commission has unearthed a corruption network that allegedly operated at the highest levels of the National Highway Authority of India and Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence. The CVC said US infrastructure contractor CDM Smith paid bribes of about $1.18 million (Rs 7.5 crore) to the officials…

Budget Too Vague?

“Despite its utmost importance, the state budget in India remains one of the most intractable of documents, incomprehensible for ordinary citizens, specialists and non-specialists alike, making it difficult for the citizenry to participate in shaping public policy,” Transparency International India said in a statement on Jan 31.

Wanted: clean air and water for Delhi

After the overwhelming victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the Delhi assembly polls, when Arvind Kejriwal takes oath as chief minister next Sunday, will he keep coughing as he habitually does? The AAP convenor has a chronic respiratory problem, caused by the poisonous mix that goes by the…

Cops may have thrown corpses in Ganga

Over 100 corpses that surfaced three days ago in river Ganga near Periyar Ghat in Unnao could be the unclaimed bodies that state police dumped in the river after autopsy. More than 100 dead bodies, in various stages of decomposition, were seen floating in the river in Unnao and 10…

Delhi police file, withdraw affidavit in Liaquat Shah case

Authors: Hakeem Irfan, Soma Basu The controversial Liaquat Shah case is turning out to be a major embarrassment for the Delhi police, who are deploying all possible tactics and making u-turns to protect tainted officials placed in its Special Cell. In a major setback, Delhi police withdrew an application filed against…