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AAP demands probe into corporate house bribes

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday demanded to set up an independent court monitored inquiry to investigate the alleged connection of corporate houses who bribed the top politicians, government officials and media to change public policies. The AAP was reacting to certain media reports in which it was reported that ESSAR Group bribed top politicians, government officials and media to change public policies, plant questions in Parliament, get access to internal government documents and ensuring favourable coverage in the media. The party said these media reports have once again exposed a very strong corporate-politician-bureaucrat-media nexus.

“We believe that bribing public servants like bureaucrats, ministers, MPs and police officials is a clear violation of the Prevention of Corruption Act. A thorough probe into the entire matter can only bring out the truth and expose the culprits. The probe would also bring out what benefits were given to ESSAR Group in return by public servants and politicians bribed by the group. We also demand that the probe into the matter should be independent and the government should have no influence over investigation team,” said AAP in a press statement.

“It is pertinent to note that an official of the same group has also been arrested by the police in connection to the corporate espionage case. Internal e-mails referred to in the newspaper report also clearly shows that this group has constantly been indulging into corporate espionage and has been bribing officials and politicians to get inside information,” the statement added. The AAP demanded that an independent court monitored inquiry should be set up to bring out the truth and punish the culprits. The investigation team should be completely insulated from any kind of political influence, because names of some senior politicians have figured in the reports and they might try to influence the probe.
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