New Delhi: In an apparent attack on
former CVC Pratyush Sinha for contending that one-third of
Indians are "utterly corrupt", Law Minister Veerappa Moily
today said "failed" bureaucrats become saints after
"When few top officials who could have made a
difference in office... having failed to do so, become saints
after retirement. When I was abroad recently, I came across
the comments of a retired bureaucrat who said in a media
interview that every third Indian is corrupt," Moily said.
Moily was apparently referring to the remarks of
Sinha, who recently retired as India`s Central Vigilance
Commissioner, that almost one-third of Indians are "utterly
corrupt" and half are "borderline".
Though he did not name Sinha, the Law Minister termed
such remarks as "travesty of truth", and that "no one has the
right to discredit our nation".
He urged Department of Personnel and Training
authorities to look into such "frustrated statements" made by
the former civil servant.
Sinha had said in an interview published on September
9 that 20 per cent of Indians were "honest, regardless of the
temptations, because this is how they are. They have a
"There would be around 30 per cent who would be
utterly corrupt. But the rest are the people who are on the
borderline," he was quoted as saying.