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New Delhi: A grouping of six Left parties on Sunday demanded the removal of all tainted ministers in the central government and states and a CBI probe into their alleged misconduct.

“The Left parties demand that a thorough CBI investigation under the supervision of the judiciary must be conducted in these cases and the guilty should be booked and punished,” a joint Left statement said.

“All tainted ministers in the Centre and the states must be removed from office until the investigations are completed and action taken,” it added.

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Dipankar Bhattacharya

The statement was issued by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Communist Party of India (CPI), Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist-Liberation and Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist.

The statement said that “all the claims made by the BJP central government and the prime minister, that during the course of this one year the NDA government has offered a corruption free administration, are being thoroughly exposed by the day.”

“In the Lalit Modi-IPL scam, the external affairs minister and the Rajasthan chief minister have figured as persons grossly misusing their office to help a fugitive from Indian law, Lalit Modi,” it said, referring to Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje.

“The minister for human resource development (Smriti Irani) has given a false statement regarding her educational qualifications.”

“Cases of misuse of office for pecuniary gains have come up in the BJP ruled states of Maharashtra, involving two BJP state ministers.”

“In other BJP-ruled states like Chhattisgarh, such instances of high-level corruption are being reported.”

The Left statement said the admission and recruitment scam in Madhya Pradesh – called Vyapam scam — “has exposed the BJP state government as having perpetrated one of the worst corruption cases in the state ever.”

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Sitaram Yechuri

“Officially 27 people associated with this case, including nine important witnesses, have died under mysterious circumstances.

“Important journalists, reporting on the scam, have also been victims of such mysterious deaths. Nearly 47 inexplicable deaths of people connected with this scam in one way or the other have been reported.”

The statement followed a meeting attended by CPI-M leaders Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat, Sudhakar Reddy and D. Raja from CPI, Dipankar Bhattacharya and Swapan Mukherjee from the CPI-ML-Liberation, G. Devarajan from Forward Block, Satyawan and Pran Sharma from SUCI-Communist and Abani Roy from RSP. (IANS)

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Khaleda Zia granted bail in 2008 corruption case

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06

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Khaleeda Zia granted 64 months bail. IANS

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, convicted in a corruption case, was granted bail on Monday.

BNP leader Zia secured a four-month bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case in which she was handed five years of imprisonment by a Bangladesh court.

“Now, there is no legal bar to let Khaleda walk out of prison on bail,” Bangladesh Daily Star quoted BNP Advocate Sagir Hossain Leon as saying.

Earlier today, a bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Shahidul Karim passed the bail order in response to a petition moved by Khaleda before a high court back in February.

Her bail was considered on four grounds, including her health condition.

Further, the high court directed the concerned authority to prepare the paper book of the case within the next four months for hearing the appeal she filed against her conviction in the case.

The high court sentenced Zia’s eldest son and Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others for at least 10 years with a fine of 2.10 crore Bangladeshi takas (Tk).

The Anti-Corruption Commission had earlier filed a case in 2008 with Ramna Police Station, accusing six persons including Khaleda and her son Tarique.

Khaleda is a two-time Bangladesh Prime Minister, having ruled from 1991-96 and again from 2001-06.

In a political career spanning almost four decades, Khaleda went to the jail several times but was never convicted. She was detained several times during the anti-Ershad movement between the 1980s and 1990s.

In March 1983, she was made vice-chairperson of BNP after her husband and former Bangladesh President Ziaur was assassinated.

She went on to become the party’s chairperson in 1984, a position which she holds today. May 10, 1984.

Since the last three decades, Bangladeshi politics have been dominated by Zia and current Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.