Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Corruption abets Naxalism, says Nitish

News Desk - July 14, 2009
PATNA — Describing the Naxal menace as a national problem, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said that corruption was a major cause.

After excersing his vote for the election to the 24 legislative council seats from the local bodies constituencies, Nitish told newspersons here that the Naxals had spread their tentacles in various states.

”It is not just a problem of Bihar but has become a national issue. The menace is spreading due to largescale corruption prevailing in our society,” he added.

Reiterating his government’s commitment for eradicating corruption, he said cases relating to corruption were being disposed of speedily for which the government had requested Patna High Court to cooperate in constituting fast track courts.

“I requested the Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan during his visit to the state capital on July 11 in connection with the centenary celebration of the Patna Law College to increase the number of courts for the speedy disposal of corruption case,” he said.

Currently there are over 350 cases of proven corruption awaiting redressal, Nitish said adding that judiciary should devise a mechanism for speedy disposal of such cases.

“My government has decided to seize properties of people caught in corruption cases. We sent a proposal to the effect to the Centre in March last year but we are yet to get the Centre’s nod for it,” Nitish said.

Poverty, unemployment and injustice were also some of the factors behind extremism he said, adding the problem could be solved by developing the society without any discrimination.

The NDA government was concentrating on judicious development of the society, he claimed.

Expressing concern over yesterday’s killing in Naxal attack of Superintendent of Police of Rajanandagoan, Chhatishgarh, Vinod Kumar Choubey, who hailed from Bihar’s Bhojpur district, Nitish said Choubey was a brave officer.

”Bihar is proud of such brave personalities,” he added.

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