Presiding over a function to release a book titled ‘The Tangy Taste of Indian Politics and Beyond’ here, Verma said that corruption in high places needs to be tackled as it will have as a salutary effect at every level.
The book has been written by former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer N.K. Singh.
Justice Verma said that it is the individual who makes a difference to the system.
‘Ultimately, in any system the person who holds office makes the difference,’ he said.
Leading lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who released the book, said corruption has come to be part of Indian life.
Recalling the role played by N K. Singh in investigating cases of some political personalities who were linked to the excesses of the emergency, Jethmalani said police officers should work fearlessly.
‘If there were more such officers, things would be much better,’ he said.
Noting Mahatma Gandhi had mentioned that India will get prosperous soon after Independence as the British had been ousted, Jethmalani said: ‘But indigenous dacoits have proved more dangerous.’
Jethmalani, who has filed a petition against black money in the Supreme Court, said that he had been urging the court for forming a Special Investigation Team as Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) cannot be trusted.
He also urged people to raise their voice against corruption and accused sections of media of not speaking up forcefully and not publicising facts of history.
‘A great portion of media is bought,’ he alleged.
Narrating personal anecdotes from days of the Emergency, he said that high courts were doing their job despite the oddds. ‘Nine high courts ruled that Emergency is no bar to exercise of judicial liberty.’
N. K. Singh, in his remarks, said the country needed a robust CBI which has no political interference but it should remain part of the mainstream of government.
‘It can be isolated otherwise,’ he said.
Singh, who entered politics after his service in police and has contested three Lok Sabha elections, said that the Central Vigilance Commission should be empowered to deal with service cases in general and proposed Lokpal should deal only with corruption at high places.