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Petition filed in Supreme Court on political-corporate nexus

A petition was on Friday filed in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored probe by an SIT or CBI into alleged “political-bureaucratic-corporate nexus” saying corporates use their money power to change public policies, and grant favours to politicians and bureaucrats for receiving benefits in return.

The PIL, filed by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL), said corporates used their money and influence to plant stories in media and there was a need for the government to cancel the privileges like subsidised land, newsprint and houses extended to media organisations and journalists who indulge in paid news, or publishing news reports to favour corporates. The petition filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan said it is based on internal emails and documents from Essar Group of Companies, which is one of India’s leading business conglomerate having multi-billion dollar investments in oil, steel, energy, ports, shipping, infrastructure and services sectors in India.

“This information is being placed before the Court by the petitioner’s society for its kind consideration and appropriate directions,” the petition said giving details of how since 2009 onwards top officials exchanged intra official mails indicating the alleged nexus of politicians, bureaucrats and corporates.
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