Foreign embassies' unjustified pressure tactics on government
Subhash Chandra Agrawal | 12 Apr 2011
DOCUMENTS REVEALED in RTI response reveal that some foreign embassies have jointly taken up issue with Indian government for pending CWG-2010 payments of some private companies of their respective countries.
Many of such payments are held because of such foreign companies (with Indian partners in several cases) are found to be involved in irregularities and corruption for, which probe is going on in India. Instead of succumbing to such unprecedented pressure-tactics of foreign embassies for their private companies, Indian government should forcefully bounce back by asking those countries to initiate action against such companies under relevant laws of those countries against corrupt practices.
Such pressure-tactics on India will set unhealthy trend of private companies resorting through embassies rather than settling the disputes through normal channels including courts. Perhaps India has never adopted such a pressure-tactics on other countries for benefit of private Indian companies.
Indian government should use this opportunity to settle pending financial-issues, if any, of pre-independence era when British High Commissioner has also signed the letter dated February 16 2011 addressed by name to Indian Minister of Sports Ajay Maken.