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Are You Aware Of These Political Scams Of 2017?

Was it surprising to you too when the former chief minister of Bihar, Lalu Prasad Yadav got jailed for being guilty of corruption in a fodder scam case? When this case came forward, I realised; there were 'n' number of cases in India that were still to come out in public and needed to be solved as soon as possible. And so today, here I am with the most crucial scams that took place in the country.

#1 Agusta Westland VVIP Chopper Scam

In September 2017, CBI filed a charge sheet against retired Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi, former Air Marshal J.S. Gujral and 10 others in the Rs 3,500 crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter case.   

Loss caused by the scam.

According to CBI, this scam has caused a loss of 398.21 million euros (about Rs 2,666 crore) to the government. And if The Hindu's report is to be believed, retired Air Marshal J. S. Gujral was granted bail by a Delhi court on a personal bond of Rs 2 lakh. 

#2 Paradise Papers

After Panama Papers leak, Paradise Papers was another secret financial information leaked by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). The leak included 13.4 million documents disclosing the secrets of various famous rich individuals. The most of the data leak came from Appleby, a Bermuda-based legal services provider, and Singapore-based Asiaciti. 

Indian names involved in the scam.   

According to Business Today, India ranked 19th out of 180 countries, and 714 Indians' names were listed out in the scam. Various politicians, multinationals, celebrities, and uber-rich individuals use trusts, foundations, and shell companies as a face to hide their money from tax authorities. BJP Member of Parliament Ravindra Kishore Sinha, former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, Vijay Mallya, Sanjay Dutt's wife Manyata are among some Indians whose names were on the list.   

#3 Kerala Solar Scam Report

In November, the judicial commission investigated and showed the report on Kerala Solar Scam Report. According to Livemint, 10 Congress leaders, including former ministers, parliamentarians, senior party office bearers and police officers in the 2011-16 United Democratic Front (UDF) conspired with the patrons of Team Solar, a solar power company, and shared profitable contracts in return for fees and sexual services. 

Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan claimed Oommen Chandy, a senior leader of Congress, to be guilty of corruption.  

According to the reports, Oommen Chandy met Saritha Nair, one of the founders of Team Solar, and allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2.16 crore against the subsidies, contracts, and other favours. Out of the total amount, Rs 32 lakh was accepted while the left part was taken in the form of sexual favours.

#4 Maharashtra Scholarship Scam 

An investigation was done on 1,382 institutes of departments of Social Welfare and Tribal Development, which claimed that they had given the scholarships for SC, ST, OBC, VJ and NT categories of students. The probe revealed that these institutes had cheated Rs 2,174 crore by using different ploys. 

This could be due to the involvement of the officials and staffers concerned in the whole affair.

"The state has 12,679 institutes benefitting under Social Welfare and about 11,000 institutes benefitting under Tribal Department scholarships. If records are checked for all of them, the size of the scam could be several thousand crores more,” sources told The Indian Express.

#5 2G Spectrum Scam Verdict

Called to be India's biggest scam, 2G Spectrum Scam Case started in 2009 when CBI registered a case related to alleged irregularities in allocation of 2G Spectrum. For the case, Mr. Raja was accused of providing airwaves and licenses for cellphone networks in trade against bribe which caused the state a loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore. He had also been accused of receiving Rs 200 crore bribe by a telecom operator. The bribe amount was then alleged to be invested in a TV channel partially owned by Ms Kanimozhi, DMK chief M Karunanidhi's daughter.  

The verdict of this scam came after 6 years.

December 21, 2017, was set as the judgment day of the case. In the verdict, Mr Raja and Ms Kanimozhi were declared innocent. "Justice has prevailed," says Ms Kanimozhi according to NDTV report. DMK supporters and Congress leaders applauded the court's decision while many BJP people appeared unhappy over the verdict, which actually came after a six-year-long trial. 

#6 Fodder Scam Verdict

Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed on December 23, 2017, after being the first one to be convicted guilty of corruption in a fodder scam case when he was chief minister of Bihar. The scam revolved around unjustified transactions that were made in the name of getting cattle feed under Bihar animal husbandry department.You will be shocked to know that this scam has been in the news for past 21 years and is resolved now.

The scam from Rs 100 crore to Rs 945 crore.

It all began in 1985 when the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), T.N. Chaturvedi noticed that Bihar treasury's monthly accounts submissions also come late. Earlier, those unjustified transactions were just over Rs 100 crore, but soon they turned out to be a Rs 945 crore scam. According to Firstpost, after 1985, this case was resurfaced in 1996 when the state finance secretary VS Dubey started examining this matter.All these scams and verdicts are a proof of some of the scandals India faced.