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No DIRECT evidence of graft against PM: Bhushan

Last updated on: November 12, 2012 17:41 IST

'No DIRECT evidence of graft against PM'

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There is no direct evidence of corruption against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Prashant Bhushan, activist Arvind Kejriwal's aide and senior Supreme Court advocate, admits  in an exclusive interview with rediff.com's Onkar Singh.

Is there any evidence to show that the prime minister is corrupt? Has he been taking bribes?

There is no direct evidence to show that he has been taking money. But if you talk about assistance to others and allowing them to make money, then of course he is guilty whether it is in the case of the 2G scam, the coal-gate scam and other cases.

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'Corruption is spreading in almost all spheres of life'

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What is the level of corruption in public dealings?

The manner in which scam after scam is tumbling out of the closet of the United Progressive Alliance, there is no doubt that corruption is spreading in almost all spheres of life -- administration, politics and industrial houses.

Why do you think the UPA government is making such tall claims about fighting corruption?

People like A Raja (accused in the 2G spectrum scam) are made the minister of telecom. A number of senior ministers have been accused of corruption but nobody has touched them. They should have been arrested and sent to jail.

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'Ambanis got away with a meagre penalty'

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One of the issues is the kind of money that is being laundered. What is the kind of black money in circulation?

It is difficult to give you the exact nature of money that is being laundered. The money, according to sources, comes through Mauritius and Malyasia. The black money runs into lakhs of crores and may amount to as much as $400 billion.

Is it true that Ambanis were fined only Rs 5 crore whereas they should have paid over Rs 500 crore for breaking rules?

Yes, this is true. The Ambanis got away with a meagre penalty.

I would like to point out that it is our hunch that Foreign Direct Investment will only lead to transfer of black money through FDI whether it is by the Tata Group, Mukesh Ambani and other influential industrial houses.

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