New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday said
most of the government departments are filled with corrupt
officials who are eating away the funds meant for poor people
and held that jail should be the place for such persons.
"Most of the staff in various departments are corrupt.
Whether you take DDA, police or MCD, 90 per cent of their
staff are corrupt," Justice Shiv Narayan Dhingra said, adding
"the only field in which India excels is corruption".
The court made the remarks while denying bail to a senior
officer of a nationalized bank, Gopal Krishna, who is behind
bars on corruption charges.
"Bail, and not jail, cannot be the maxim in cases of such
corrupt persons who eat away the schemes meant for poor
persons floated by the government for their upliftment," he
The bank officer was arrested by CBI following a
complaint from a girl that she had applied for a loan of Rs
2 lakhs under the Prime Minister Employment Generation
Programme but the deputy manager of the bank had demanded Rs
20,000 from her to issue the cheque.
Denying the bail, Justice Dhingra said, "many of the
government schemes are not able to help the poor because of
widespread corruption prevalent among the persons who have to
implement the schemes."
"The most unfortunate fact in this case is that the
person who was involved is a deputy manager of the bank. The
scheme was floated by the government to help downtrodden and
poor. It need not be emphasized as to what is happening to
these schemes on ground," the court said.