Tuesday, January 27, 2009

A day in the life of India

Although this shouldn’t come as a surprise, here are some January 26 news items that highlight the ways of working in our part of the world.

1. Narcotics top cop runs a drug ring
Saji Mohan, a member of Indian Police Service (IPS) - the elitest ones of the Indian police, a former director of India’s Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), and currently an officer with the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Mumbai, has been nabbed for running a heroine racket. At the time of his arrest, Saji had on him about 12 Kilos of heroine, worth about Rs 12 Crores (about $2.5 million).
While working with NCB in his capacity as one of its top officers, Saji Mohan is known to have seized 52 Kilos of heroine. But he reported only 5 Kilos of the seized drugs, using the rest for his own drug enterprise.
2. PWC auditors pocket Crores per month to falsify company audits
Srinivas Talluri and S. Gopalakrishnan, two auditors with the PricewaterhouseCoopers India(PWC), have been arrested for conspiracy and co-participation. They have been accused of helping the pretty-soon-almost-defunct IT giant Satyam to falsify 33 billion non-existent Rupees and almost 13000 non-existent employees in its accounts. The corrupt auditors are reported to have been making between Rupees 1-2 Crore per month to do the dirty deeds.
3. CBI officers rape wife of the accused
A 38-year old woman has told the Chandigarh court that CBI (Criminal Bureau of Investgation) officials investigating a case against her husband, had repeatedly raped and abused her in a government rest house.
4. Custodians of Indian culture grope women
In Mangalore the other day, members of a group called the Rama Sena; attacked, abused and groped women in a Mangalore pub. The group members told the press that the women were drinking alcohol and dancing in the pub.
5. Security Force constables kill superiors
On January 26, two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constables, members of India’s elite paramilitary force which protects airports, atomic installations and power plants, shot and killed their senior officers in two separate incidents.

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