Swamy for independent prosecutors to fight graft

To check corruption in India, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has demanded appointment of independent prosecutors like in the US and making CBI independent of the control of the government.

Updated: Jul 31, 2011, 10:56 AM IST

Washington: To check corruption in India,
Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has demanded appointment
of independent prosecutors like in the US and making CBI
independent of the control of the government.

Swamy stated this while delivering a lecture on
corruption in India at an event organised by the Global Indian
Technology Professionals Organisation (GITPRO) in the Silicon
Valley.

Summarising the impact of corruption as sub-optimisation
and misutilisation of resources, a low return on investment,
artificial inflation and dangers to the national security, he
said that if it was not for corruption, India could have built
complete infrastructure or wiped the revenue deficit in the
budget or could have set up 100 modern universities.

He said that history was created when the apex court
ordered the CBI to report to it and get instruction from the
judiciary.

"When my repeated petitions to the Prime Minister on the
2G spectrum scandal did not evoke any response, the court
stepped in and questioned the government why there was no
response to my queries," Swamy said.

"This is unprecedented in the history of our country
where the judiciary has castigated the executive for their
lack of response on a matter concerning national importance,"
he said.

"India`s corruption has a multidimensional adverse effect
on the society and the economy. In the process national
security is also compromised. It is essential that instead of
working to improve our own prosperity we need to go back to
our own values," he said in his speech on `Corruption and
Black Money: Sources, Impacts and Solution.`

The GITPRO event was presided over by US Microtech`s CEO
Sri Chawla.

Founded in the Silicon Valley in 2009, GITPRP has
chapters in the US and India.

PTI