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MPs With Pending Criminal Cases Get Guns From The Government !!!

2 August 2012 One Comment

Mr. Ambrish Pandey, an RTI activist, had filed an RTI on sale of guns to MPs. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) has analysed that data and came up with the following analysis.

Highlights (Report on Analysis of guns sold to MPs)

 A total of 756 guns were sold to MPs and VIPs between 1987 and 2012.

A total of 675 guns were sold between 1987 and 2001, 39 between 2001 and 2004, and 42 between 2005 and 2012.

Between 2001 and 2012, 82 MPs have purchased guns from the government.

18 of these 82 MPs who were sold guns have pending criminal cases against them, including charges of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping etc., at the time of sale.

Policy decisions regarding sale of guns to the MPs:
After 2002, a policy decision was taken that only MPs can be sold such guns. Some of the guns are classified as prohibited guns, but it was not clear from the data provided by Customs about which guns were prohibited and which were non prohibited. Prohibited guns need special permission from the Finance Minister to be given to anyone including MPs.
In some cases, special permission was given for out of turn allotment of prohibited guns to MPs, and VIPs. Ordinary citizens were never eligible for purchasing such guns even if they had obtained a license.

Amongst the 82 MPs who have been allotted guns from the government,  Atiq Ahmed from Uttar Pradesh has 44 criminal cases including charges of murder, attempt to murder etc., followed by Abu Asim Azmi from Maharashtra and Rakesh Sachan from Uttar Pradesh with 7 cases each.

These are guns seized by Customs and then sold to MPs and VIPs on a first come first served basis. In earlier years these guns were sold well below market price. Recently the price was hiked to include tariff.

Among the prominent and well known persons who have purchases guns are:

Syed Shahabuddin, Jayanti Natrajan ,Akbar Ahmed Dumpy,Margaret Alva ,Vinay Katyar, Uma Bharti,Jagdish Tytler, S.S. Ahluwalia, Vijay Goel,
Bir Bhadra Pratap Singh, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Yogi Aditya Nath,
K.P. Singh Deo, Swamy Yoganand,M.S. Gill former CEC (was not MP at that time),Vijay Kumar Malhotra,Satpal Singh Yadav (at least two guns),Vinod Khanna,Arun Nehru, Kalyan Singh, Madan Lal Khurana ,Syed Shahnawaz Hussain,Vasundhara Raje Scindia, C.K. Jaffer Sharief ,Jitender Prasad,
Kalyan Singh Kalvi, Sibu Soren, Mohammad Shahbuddin,Mayawati, Madhavrao Scindia, Rashid Alvi ,Digvijay Singh, Kamal Morarka, Abu Azmi,Renuka Choudhary, Bhanu Pratap Singh, Atiq Ahmed,Taslimuddin, Babu Lal Marandi,
Several of them already have VIP protection.

Questions raised by these sale of guns to MPsFrom a citizen’s perspective there are several questions regarding sale of such guns.
– Why should such guns be sold only to MPs when several of them already have police  protection?
– When several MPs have serious criminal cases against them, including 13 with serious cases, why are guns sold to them?
– Why should any such policy discriminate against ordinary citizens – if someone has a license, and is not an MP or VIP why should (s) he not be eligible for such guns?
– Does the Government track the possession of such guns after some years to check if those who were sold such guns still have them in their possession? It is well known that the black market price for such guns is much higher than what the Government sells it for ?

Why are prohibited guns (automatic and semi automatic) sold to MPs and VIPs? Such weapons are used by the military, terrorist and extremist organizations.
– In an earlier practice, guns were leased to Customs department officials who had to return them on retirement. Have such guns been returned in all cases?

Commenting on the data received through RTI, Mr. Pandey said that “This centralised sale point for VIPs under the Finance Ministry allows the government to follow an ad hoc, discretionary and opaque policy of allotment.

For example, a gun was denied to ex-DG, Central Economic Intelligence Bureau, S.P.S. Pundir despite the fact that his vigilance-related work posed a security risk but allotted to another officer doing a desk job.”
“The evidence shows over 40 exceptional allotments out of a total of 800,” Mr. Pandey points out.

Analysis of guns sold to MPs

 

One Comment »

  • haridas mandal said:

    Lets hit the bull’s eye and not beat around the bush. We all are educated (at least we claim to be). It is the constitution of India as interpreted by the YOURLORDSHEEPS which decides who is qualified or not qualified to be a MP/MLA or to get a Gun or not.This is nothing to do with the corruption. Corruption is:- Anna Hazare amshed wealth in the name of an apolitical movement, collected donations and now trying to form another political outfit in and around Kahp Panchayat Offices in Haryana.That’s corruption.Let’s stop politicians bashings and get to the root causes of corruptions.