Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Apr 2018 11:36:25










FORMER Union Minister Salman Khurshid’s statement that the Congress has blood on its hands, including that of Muslims, is an admission of guilt and acknowledgement of the party’s history. Khurshid was cornered by a point blank query during a programme at Aligarh Muslim University over major riots during the UPA regime and had to accept the reality of communal politics. The BJP was quick to pounce upon the statement terming it as an acceptance of truth by a senior Congress leader. Khurshid’s admission further exposes the practice of divide and rule employed by Congress to stay in power even if it meant engineering communal flare-ups. A look into history and statistics brings forth a stark reality that the levels of communal violence prevalent during the UPA regime were much higher than being witnessed in the last three years. Muzaffarnagar in 2013, Hashimpura in 1987, anti-Sikh riots in 1984 all took place during Congress rule. This truth is not lost on the electorate that has constantly rejected the Congress party since last four years in various elections.


THERE is a ray of hope for stringent action against high-value fugitives and bank loan defaulters with the Enforcement Directorate enforcing the recently promulgated Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance to confiscate assets of absconders. This new ordinance empowers the ED to tide over the restrictions it hitherto faced through the limited scope of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). PMLA allowed impounding assets of the offenders only to the extent of profits from the crime. Under the new ordinance ED can now confiscate all assets of the absconders both in India and abroad with immediate effect. ED has already zeroed in on confiscating assets worth Rs 15,000 crore as part of its first action against high-profile defaulters like Mr. Nirav Modi and Mr. Vijay Mallya. This will further help in expediting money laundering cases against these most wanted fugitives. The government is already trying for extradition of Mr. Nirav Modi. Now, with more teeth to ED the new ordinance can prove to be a double whammy for the money launderers.