What happens when the pillars of democracy i.e. the so called media houses themselves become corrupt? If you are thinking of giving the Radia tapes incident (goo.gl/9pCcbG) as an example, than that my dear friends is just the tip of the iceberg.
“India, the republic, is now on sale.” These were the exact words of OUTLOOK magazine when they exposed the Radia tapes and today with the ESSAR exposé these words sound nothing but true.
Ok, let me give you some insight to what this ESSAR scam is:
Albasit Khan an employer in ESSAR was made head of vigilance and security at the group’s corporate office in Mumbai in the year 2000 by its President Prashant Ruia. His duties were were auditing and screening of human resources in the company by “conducting surveillance by using the telecom and IT infrastructure of the company by interception, tapping and recording” and “passing the information regarding key officials like the chairman.
The Ruias, told Khan that since Essar was already a telecom licensee for cellular operations under the Hutchison Essar banner, the company was “required under its statutory obligations to support government investigations by intercepting and tapping such phones that are under government surveillance”.
The tapping operations were carried out from the ground floor and basement of Essar House in Mumbai and from the company’s guesthouse in Delhi.
However, All this would have never whistled out if it wasn’t for the forced resignation of Khan which happened in year 2011. Khan kept with himself a copy of all conversations from year 2000-2011 and now a portion of these copies has been made public. Several big names are under question, some of them are:
° Ambani brothers. Mukesh and Anil Ambani
° Late Pramod Mahajan, who is heard speaking about managing the Supreme Court of India in a conversations with the Ambani’s.
° Amar Singh
° Power Minister Piyush Goyal
° Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
° UP governor Ram Naik
And these names are few among the list of many big names.
These conversations date back to NDA-I during the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The most shocking fact is that even PMO’s phones were being tapped illegally. Khan decided to make these records public in year 2015 after a suspicious visit from a former colleague. He approached Uppal,former secretary of P.Chidambaram and with his help some of these records are now public.
Role of media:
As shocking as this news sounds, none of the media houses except India Today has till now reported this incident. As per twitter user A.Ranganathan
None of the media houses tweeted about this. None of them telecasted any news regarding this incident in their prime time.
As alleged in the tweet five indian news companies -NDTV, News Nation, India TV,News24 and Network18 are either indebted or owned by Mukesh Ambani. Why will they publish something against him?
Essar tapes provide an insight to the dirty nexus that exits between the top brass, Media Houses and financially powerful people. For so long now these financially powerful people have been trying to undermine the democracy, framing laws as per their need because hey, government is in their pocket. Has our system become too rotten? Is their any cure? Is their a person or authority that we can trust will do everything that’s beneficial for country even if it means going against the most powerful people out there? These are some hard hitting questions that we need to ask ourselves.
The OUTLOOK has also reported that these tapes have been handed over to Prime minister Mr. Modi who has assured them that he’ll look over them closely. Meanwhile both Essar and Reliance have rubbished the claims.
However, there are certain unanswered questions that remain. Why Mr Khan waited so long to make this information public? Why has only the portion of tapes from year 2000-2003 has been made public and not the rest? Is it that easy to tap a line of places like PMO?
Let’s hope the government sets up a fair & independent CBI inquiry to look into this matter.
Note: The information stated in this article is based on the orignal article published in the OUTLOOK magazine.