Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its grave concern at the report of the Indian officials accepting bribes from US companies for showing special favours to them and awarding them major facilities and contracts.
In case of Dow Chemicals, the matter is extremely serious since the bribes were taken by Indian officials to register and allow sale of pesticide banned in USA as they were harmful to children. The US government imposed heavy penalty against the company for its criminal behaviour. Despite promise of enquiry by CBI two years ago, the matter has not been brought to light so far.
The CPI(M) demands that all US firms involved in giving bribes should be blacklisted forthwith and the persons who received the bribes should be identified and be given stringent punishment.
The CPI(M) demands that the government of India should investigate and take firm action against involvement of all other officials taking kickbacks from foreign companies for showing special favours to them against India's national interests.