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  • S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, says Pakistan should release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav immediately
  • Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala asks the Speaker to hold the trust vote latest by 1.30 pm today
  • The Government sends a list of 24 questions to mobile app company that runs video app TikTok seeking answers for anti-national and obscene content carried on the platform
  • Sarvana Bhawan founder P Rajagopal, serving a life term for murder, dies in a Chennai hospital
  • SC allows time till July 31 to the Ayodhya mediation panel
  • IT department attaches "benami" plot worth Rs 400cr in Noida. The plot allegedly belongs to BSP leader [email protected]@@s brother and his wife
  • Dawood [email protected]@@s nephew, Md. Rizwan Iqbal, was arrested from Mumbai airport as he was waiting to board a flight to Dubai
  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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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.