|One of the ideas dealt
with the issue of how questions really get asked in Parliament. Apart
from the seriousness, it would also generate good humour to watch
an MP ask - Why was Gorilla International blacklisted by the Railway
Ministry inspite of having bid the lowest for Tsu Tsu Diesel engines,"
He further adds: I received a notice from the Lok Sabha Secretariat
(Privileges and Ethics branch) asking me to respond immediately
to the allegation I had made. I sent a letter to speaker Somnath
Chatterjee that I had not commented upon actual happenings in the
Parliament but they were mere story ideas. At the same time I decided
to start the probe. Thus Operation Duryodhan was born.
Aaj Tak news director QW Naqvi adds: "As a channel our commitment
has always been to expose the inherent irregularities in the system.
Partnering with Cobrapost for this special investigation is a step
towards demonstrating our commitment towards the faith reposed in
us by our viewers."
Following the expose
of Operation Duryodhana, the various parties concerned had already initiated proceedings
against their respective members caught on hidden-camera.
Sabha chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat announced that the whole matter would be
referred to the Ethics Committee of the House.
When quizzed on what will be the fallout of the expose and whether
it would get entangled in political gimmicks, Naqvi says: "It
is truly unfair to expect an overnight change. Political and social
change is a slow process and exposes of these kinds are merely to
bring about awareness amongst people."
This indeed reminds of the Tehelka's sting operation
-- Operation West End, the expose on politicians and army officers taking bribes
from undercover journalists posing as businessmen.
At present, almost all television news channels routinely use spy
cameras to expose corruption in society. Recently, the advocate
general of Jammu and Kashmir Anil Sethi, had resigned after he was
allegedly caught on camera taking a bribe. A CD made available to
NDTV appears to show Sethi demanding Rs 1.5 million from a contractor
Mushtaq Ahmed Ganei. Sethi admitted on camera that he had received
Rs 500,000 as a bribe and wanted Rs 1.5 million more to bail out
a contractor trapped in the rural electrification scam.
In the past, Aaj Tak had undertaken a few sting operations, including
Ghoos Mahal and on the former first runner-up in Miss India 2004 Laxmi
Pandit's marital status.
Aaj Tak claimed that Pandit was married to aspiring
model Siddharth Mishra but had hidden her marital status in order to gain entry
to the contest. She was declared first runner-up in Miss India 2004 and had to
return the crown after the expose.