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SC: Corrupt People are Destroying the Country; no Action Taken Against Them

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Sarthak Umang

Published on: November 10, 2022 at 18:22 IST

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of India lamented how corruption has taken over and is destroying the country.

The bench of Justices KM Joseph and Hrishikesh Roy made this observation while hearing a plea filed by a Bhima Koregaon case accused Gautam Navlakha seeking house arrest, orally observed that corrupt people are destroying the nation and they get away with corruption with the help of money.

Additional Solicitor General SV Raju, representing the National Investigation Agency, opposed the plea by saying that people like Navlakha, arrested in Bhima Koregaon case, want to destroy the country and alleged that he has links with Pakistan’s ISI and is pro-Maoist.

The bench remarked, “Who is destroying this country? You want me to tell you? People who are corrupt. Every office you go into, what happens?”

“Who takes action against the corrupt?… We saw a video of people where people talk of crores of rupees to buy elected representatives.”

“Are you saying they are not doing anything against our country? The point is that you don’t defend them but they go on. They go on merrily. There are money bags which can help…,” Justice Joseph told counsel.

Senior Advocate S V Raju replied that he is not defending the corrupt and contended that action should be taken against people who are corrupt.

The bench asked Senior Advocate S V Raju to seek out restrictions that can be placed on Navlakha while keeping him under house arrest for a few days.

“If he does anything, he will lose his freedom,” the bench said.

The Bench is set to continue hearing the case today and directed the ASG that restrictions should be placed on Navlakha while he is on house arrest.