oppn parties Economic Offenders: Beginning Made, But Big Fishes Wanted

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  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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Economic Offenders: Beginning Made, But Big Fishes Wanted

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It is good that a beginning has been made in bringing back economic offenders who had fled India. That Mohammed Yayha has been apprehended in Bahrain after an Interpol red-corner notice was issued and that India managed to convince the authorities there to deport him just shows that what the government can achieve if there is will. But this instance shows that similar will is not present in other high profile cases, although it may be that Bahrain was more cooperative than UK, the Caribbean countries or other countries where the likes of Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi have fled.

Although India is pursuing most of the cases abroad, not much headway is being made. Mallya is fighting his cases in UK courts although the banks have got many favourable decisions in respect of attaching his properties abroad. The same is the case of Nirav Modi. But that will neither solve the problem nor deter others. As long as these big fishes are not apprehended and brought back to face trial in India, the public perception will remain that they were tipped off and allowed to flee.

Hence, the government must reexamine its strategy and exert all kinds of legal and diplomatic pressures on countries where these offenders are believed to have fled. In an election year, this is going to be a hot topic. The opposition is going to pan the government for this lapse. Hence, it is required that the government unleashes everything in its armoury to bring them back and clear its name. This government claims to be corruption-free and unsupportive of crony capitalism. Now it has to walk the talk.