//Rights forum to expose “corruption”

Rights forum to expose “corruption”

Kochi, Jan 12: ”Janapaksham”, a rights forum in Kerala, will launch a ”public trial” of corrupt officials and politicians ahead of the forthcoming Assembly elections.The forum would seek to ”expose the public figures and their murky deals” with sufficient evidence, on its website, from February one as part of trial to pass on vital information to the public, its convenor Benny Joseph told a press conference here today.

Besides, meetings and classes would be organised across the state to make the people aware of the ongoing corruption and to make sure that corrupt leaders did not get elected another time.He also presented before the media the ”recorded conversation” of an official of the State Pollution Control Board allegedly seeking a bribe of Rs ten lakh from a quarry owner in Palakkad.

”This was recorded in the presence of CBI SP in the CBI office but the agency could not take up the case as it was not referred to it. As informed, the Vigilance trapped the official while accepting Rs two lakh. But the case was then suppressed,” Benny claimed.For years, Vigilance probes could not progress as desired in controversial cases like Palm oil, Kuttiadi Hydel Project, Lavalin, highway signboards and Brahmapuram, he alleged.

”In instances of corruption, both ruling and the opposition parties are twins. We are going to expose the cases with evidence before the people,” he said.

13 Jan 2006 UNI