New Delhi: BJP today slammed Law Minister
M Veerappa Moily for reportedly targetting former CVC Pratyush
Sinha saying that "a government which patronises corruption
should not shoot the messenger".
"It is indeed unfortunate and deeply regrettable that
Law Minister Veerappa Moily has chosen to condemn former Chief
Vigilance Commissioner Pratyush Sinha in a language lacking in
grace when he stated that failed bureaucrats become saints
after retirement," BJP chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad
told reporters here.
Prasad was referring to a recent statement of Moily in
which he said: "when few top officials who could have made a
difference in office... having failed to do so, become saints
after retirement...I came across the comments of a retired
bureaucrat who said in a media interview that every third
Indian is corrupt."
Moily was apparently referring to Sinha for
contending that one-third of Indians are "utterly corrupt".
Prasad reminded Moily that Sinha was appointed CVC
during UPA-I and said he did a "good job" by taking a "very
effective stand" on alleged cases of corruption in the 2G
spectrum allocation in the department of Telecommunication as
also "rank misdeeds" in the organisation of the Commonwealth
"Naturally, the government in which Moily is a
minister had to face very uncomfortable and embarrassing
situation in the country and one can understand his latent
anger behind this outburst," Prasad said.
He charged the UPA government with "patronising or
overlooking cases of corruption or attempts to condone it."
"In spite of strong objection of Sushma Swaraj, the
new CVC was appointed and only yesterday the Supreme Court has
issued notice in a scam worth more than Rs 60,000 crore in
spectrum allocation in the Department of Telecom where the new
CVC was the Secretary..," he said.
The BJP leader said the former CVC had only
highlighted the "increasing" role of corruption in the country
which is also "gaining respectability".
"...the biggest victim of all this are the poor. In
fact the tenure of Manmohan Singh has witnessed some of the
worst instances of corruption without any palpable remedial
action," he said.
Prasad charged that instead of understanding the
message Moily is only trying to shoot the messenger.
"He should not try to demoralise honest and upright
officers publicly. As a Minister for Law and Justice it is his
duty to uphold law and not forget that corruption is a crime,"