In a recent post I shared with you why BJP’s latest logic on black money abroad is nothing but a complete U-turn from what it promised to the voters before coming to power. Whatever Modi Government is telling today, be it Double taxation avoidance agreement or any other international agreements, are simply tactics to confuse the Nation. I’m not bothered whether it may or may not succeed in convincing the Nation with these tactics. Why, as we are not here to discuss that today. What we are here for is to analyse Supreme Court’s yesterday’s order to the new Government to disclose the names of all the black money holders abroad.
The Supreme Court order is a welcome development on three grounds.
One, it’s indirectly compelling the new Government to fulfill the promise on which it came to power.
Two, it’s ensuring equality before Law. Why the names of only some black money holders are revealed? If black money is the money stashed illegally, then why see that in different lights.
Three, if the new Government’s selective revelation is accepted, then only a small percent of black money will come to light. If the Modi Government promised the Nation to bring back all the black money, then it must do that.
A political party coming to power by misleading the Nation, is surely not good for the Nation. The new Government may now attribute everything to legal or technical hassles, but it must had known the same while making the promises.
Coming on to Supreme Court of India, the latest order is good when it’s viewed as the Apex Court putting the Government in dock. And when elected Governments ignore their duties to the Nation, Supreme Court’s activism can be understood. BJP, its then president and its PM candidate, in their election rallies, may had even deposited the dreamy Rupees 15 Lakh in every Indian’s bank account; but when it came to taking the real step, it was the same Supreme Court which ordered the new BJP Government to constitute the SIT (Special Investigative Tribunal). Even then, the Supreme Court must draw limits for itself, so that it does not encroach on the investigation part of a case.