Corruption Cases Against BMC On the Rise
• Shut Shop. Amboli Bar and Kitchen, the restaurant outside which Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandez were attacked and killed on October 20, has shut down. Residents boycotted the restaurant after it dismissed a steward who helped the victims when nobody did. The new owner Avtar Singh Panwar says he will run the restaurant under a new name. [The Times of India]
• Corruption Cases. Corruption cases filed against civic employees in Mumbai have increased steadily in the last 16 years, with 15 cases recorded in 2011, up from just one in 2003. However, of these cases, only 131 officials have faced Anti-Corruption Bureau cases, averaging to about eight a year. Records for 2011 show that the ACB filed charges against 131 civic employees in 2011, and of those 80 remain suspended, 35 have been acquitted or reinstated and 16 retired while the cases were in progress. [The Times of India]
• Charge Sheet. The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed new charges in the 2G spectrum scam, naming the Essar Group and three of its executives as suspects. The accused include Essar Group Vice Chairman Ravikant Ruia, his nephew Anshuman Ruia and Vikas Saraf, the group’s director of strategy, planning and mergers and acquisitions. The CBI has also filed charged against Ravikant Ruia’s sister Kiran Khaitan and her husband Ishwari Prasad Khaitan. The suspects are accused of using a “front company” Loop Telecom to get spectrum and licenses in 21 of India’s 22 telecommunications-service areas in 2008. [The Wall Street Journal]Tags: 2G Scam, BMC, Keenan Santos, Reuben Fernandez, Ruben Fernandes
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