Corruption is said to become order of the day and the people seems to have been driven to level of accepting it as normal. Corruption erodes and corrodes our administration. Demand of bribe itself is breach of trust of the State, the judge said.
Justice N Kirubakaran of the Madras High Court asked 15 questions to Tamil Nadu Government observing that corruption is said to become order of the day and the people seems to have been driven to level of accepting it as normal.
The judge made these queries to the government while considering a writ petition seeking a direction to registrar to release some deeds. During the course of hearing, the counsel told the court that non-release of documents for more than one year is to pressurize the petitioner and others to pay “bribe”.
“Without payment of bribe money, nothing moves in Registrar offices and “brokers”, “touts” are engaged by the officials to collect bribe, as CCTV's are installed in Registrar offices,” the court was told.
Taking note of these submissions, the judge referred to surveys conducted by Transparency International and Forbes and observed that almost all the government offices are said to have become bedrock of corruption.
“Corruption by public servants is not only white collar crime, it is more heinous than other criminal offences, as corruption retrogrades our country's development,” the judge remarked.
The court also opined that stringent statutes are to be enacted to detain the corrupt elements/officials under preventive detention law as a preventive measure. “Only when preventive detention is made, those who are indulging in corruption will be deterred and fear would be inculcated in their minds,” the court said.