J Gopikrishnan

2G court ignored indictment by SC

Saturday, 23 Dec 2017 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

Award-winning investigative journalist J Gopikrishnan highlights loopholes in the trial court verdict in the 2G scam... Besides rejecting the deposition of then TRAI chairman Nripendra Mishra, the trial court chose to contradict the February 2, 2012 observation made by the Supreme Court during the cancellation of all the 122 telecom...

Failure of an appraisal system

Tuesday, 12 Sep 2017 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

The 360-degree feedback system, a tool for elevation of officers, might have been successful in the corporate world, but it is bound to create chaos, anarchy and arbitrariness in Government machinery The introduction of 360-degree appraisal system in the country has created widespread resentment among Government servants. This system, which was...

With its two pillars gone, can the edifice survive?

Friday, 28 Apr 2017 | J Gopikrishnan | in Big Story

There is a certain irony to the tragedy of the AIADMK; it’s facing an identity crisis on the 100th birthday of its iconic founder MGR alias MG Ramachandran. Such was the charisma that MGR that he became a Dravidian icon despite being a Keralite. His actual name was MG Ramachandra...

All knew, Chidambaram didn’t

Monday, 27 Feb 2017 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

The Aircel-Maxis scam took a different turn, when BJP leader Subramanian Swamy came out with money trail to companies linked to Chidambaram's son Karti, and blatant FIPB violations. P Chidambaram’s defence is hollow and unbelievable Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram was economical with the truth when he told the Central Bureau...

Caged parrot refuses to speak

Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

Even after having damning evidence in hand, the CBI has not acted on the sham approval given in the Aircel-Maxis clearance by the FIPB. As the apex court is already dealing with Swamy’s petition since 2012, the probe agency should not wait any further The Aircel-Maxis scam was the invention of...

India’s gala spectrum auction

Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

The spectrum auction, which kicks off on October 1, is being studied with keen interest by telecom experts, Government, corporates and consumers. There is general consensus that it will turn out to be a major success The much-awaited spectrum auction starts tomorrow (October 1) with a huge expectation of revenue to...

The trauma of a bureaucrat

Thursday, 04 Aug 2016 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

In his book, A Bureaucrat Fights Back: The Complete Story of Indian Reforms, former civil servant Pradip Baijal gives a personal account about his interaction with the CBI, during different probes, including the 2G scam, which he narrates has caused him a lot of damage Former civil servant Pradip Baijal’s...

First the scam, then the sham

Thursday, 17 Oct 2013 | J Gopikrishnan | in Oped

The JPC probe in the 2G Spectrum scam exposes the pitfalls and uselessness of a parliamentary probe, where ultimately every decision is taken on blind political affiliation. Majority voting cannot decide issues that relate to corruption As expected, the Congress-dominated Joint Parliamentary Committee has given a report on the 2G Spectrum...


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