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Without Armour

No legal cover at all for our whistleblowers

Without Armour
Anil Dayal
Without Armour
outlookindia.com
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Holding Out Alone...

  • Whistleblowers have to brave threats when exposing corruption
  • Prof Kumar of IIT Kharagpur has been suspended for exposing irregularities at IITs and in the entrance test
  • His complaint is with the CVC
  • Sajib Nandi, the whistleblower who is trying to unveil systematic doping at SAI, also faces threats
  • A bill for the protection of whistleblowers who expose corruption hasn’t been passed yet

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That whistleblowers face adversaries and live under constant threat is a given. In the last two months, two whistleblowers have been doggedly fighting against all odds—and with no law to protect them. Meet Prof Rajiv Kumar of IIT Kharagpur. Using RTI, he exposed irregularities in the IIT-JEE, the entrance test for admissions. He pointed out flaws in the setting of question papers and the evaluation of answer sheets. He also highlighted the lack of transparency and accountability, and the selection of IIT administrators’ wards in some IITs by filling up vacant seats through illegal admissions.

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