Sunday, October 10, 2010

Nothing moves in govt without cash: SC

Stating that “nothing moves without money”, the Supreme Court has expressed concern over growing corruption in government machinery, particularly in the Income Tax, Sales Tax and Excise Departments. “It is very unfortunate that there is no control over corruption in the country. There is rampant corruption particularly in the department of Income Tax, Sales Tax and Excise Department. Nothing moves without money,” a Bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and T S Thakur said.

The apex court made the remarks while admitting an appeal filed by the CBI challenging the acquittal of an Income Tax Inspector Mohanlal Sharma by the Punjab & Haryana High Court.
Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, appearing for the CBI, submitted that Sharma was acquitted by the High Court despite the trial court holding him guilty of demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 10,000 from an IT assessee. He was earlier sentenced to one year RI by the trial court.
In a sarcastic vein, the Bench said “why not government legalise corruption so that a specific amount is fixed for every case. Let us say if a man wants his case to be settled, he can be asked to pay Rs 2,500. That way every individual will know how much bribe he has to pay. There is no need for any bargaining by the official and the people will also know beforehand how much they have to pay without any worry.”
“Poor Government officials, we can’t blame them also because of the growing inflation,” the Bench said. Sharma, who appeared in person, denied the allegation and said he was innocent and had been falsely implicated. The Bench was not impressed with the argument and reiterated that corruption, particularly, was more rampant in the Income Tax, Sales Tax and Excise Departments.The Bench then sought the views of senior counsel K K Venugopal on its suggestion to legalise corruption in the country.
However, the senior counsel said that it would be better if good moral values are imparted in every school of the country as part of their curriculum so that at least the future generation is free from the menace of corruption.

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