Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Accused's mysterious death in Judges and PF scam

Here is recent news which is shocking given the main accused in a scam allegedly involving a SC judge and several HC judges, has died mysteriously while in custody.


Excerpt from news below:

The mysterious death on Saturday of Ashutosh Asthana, main accused in the Ghaziabad Provident Fund (PF) scandal, has dealt a severe blow to the case which allegedly involves, among others, a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and seven judges of the Allahabad High Court.

It was in Asthana’s statement before the magistrate that names of judges, past and present, cropped up as alleged beneficiaries of the money he siphoned from PF accounts of employees. He had handed over to the CBI documents and receipts detailing the money trail.

Comments: While the investigation etc on this will go on for a while, this surely points out to the fact that there is serious need of more transparency in our police, investigation agencies, judiciary etc. When powerful people are allegedly involved in a provident funds scam, any lack of transparency and information will only increase suspicion in public's mind that powerful forces are in some way involved in not letting the truth come out.

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