PIL moved in SC for protection to whistle blowers

Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 22:04

New Delhi: A PIL seeking adequate
statutory protection to whistle blowers in the wake of the
gruesome killing of Maharashtra additional collector Yeshwant
Sonanwane, allegedly by an oil mafia, was on Thursday filed in the
Supreme Court.

The PIL by advocates--N Raja Raman and Ajay Mandyal--
cited a number of recent incidents where whistle blowers have
been killed or intimidated by mafias and political leaders to
silence their voice against growing corruption in the country.

The petition cited alleged scams relating to 2G
spectrum, Adarsh housing society, Commonwealth Games, purchase
of caskets during Kargil conflict and S-Band spectrum to
buttress the argument that those raising such issues have been
targeted by vested interests and there was no adequate
safeguards in the law to grant them protection.

According to the petitioners, effigy of Janata Party
leader Subramaniam Swamy was burnt in Tamil Nadu after he took
initiative in bringing into public domain the 2G case.

It said RTI protagonists like Satish Shetty and
Dattatray Patil were murdered, while other activists like
Arvind Kejariwal in Delhi, Amar Nath Pandey in UP and Arun
Mane in Pune have been subjected to brutal assaults.

The petitioners urged the apex court to direct the
Centre to frame suitable guidelines to ensure that complaints
of corruption are dealt with promptly and whistle blowers like
RTI activists, journalists and advocates are given necessary
protection.

According to the petition, though people like
Subramaniam Swamy and eminent jurist Ram Jethmalani, who has
moved the Supreme Court for unearthing of black money stashed
in foreign tax havens, were enjoying "Z plus" category
security, other whistle blowers were not having any such
protection.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 22:04

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