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Why Spare the Tallest?

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  4 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Now that Assam has acquired the infamy of being the most corrupt State of the country, the present State government has initiated several steps to investigate the major perpetrators of corruption like the Social Welfare department, the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) and the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC). That some of the corrupt officers have left no lucrative avenues of graft unexplored should be evident from the fact they multiplied their persol assets several times over in a matter of three or four years. It is heartening to learn that as many as 33 government officers have been charged. It is not unlikely that the hospitals of Guwahati may soon have a huge number of government officers who have suddenly started feeling unwell. When the chairman of the APSC was apprehended, he lost no time in falling ill (or rather saying that he was ill). In doing so, he was merely following the unwritten code of conduct prescribed for tall men connected with government who are in trouble. It is gratifying to learn that the State government plans strict action against those who were involved in corruption cases. What everyone will want to know is whether politicians and ministers (who are no longer ministers) will continue to be spared as has been the normal practice. Many of the tall people who are involved in corruption are politicians and ministers. The important question is: Are they always going to go scot-free? What happens if the tall and corrupt among politicians and former ministers are arrested and subjected to legal processes? Will this tendency to spare corrupt politicians and ministers not be looked upon as another form of corruption?

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