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From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 12, Dated Mar 28, 2009
5YEARS OF PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM  
investigations

OPERATION COVER-UP

Operation Cover-Up

LEGACY IN SLEAZE

Mud On The Mahatama

Gandhi. Across India, the name signifies honesty, truth, public service, simplicity, sacrifice — values that defined Gandhi’s life. Yet institutions founded by him — Delhi’s Harijan Sevak Sangh and Ahmedabad’s
Sabarmati Ashram today espouse opposite values — dishonesty, lies, self-service, excess, avarice. TEHELKA discovered that these places, along with Gandhi’s Samadhi
at Rajghat, have become places of rampant malpractice.
Full Story

MIHIR SRIVASTAVA, 24 DEC 2005

CAPTAIL PERIL

A Pilot’s LicenseWithout Taking Off

If you had the money, you could
net 10 flying hours without ever
stepping into a cockpit; for a
Rs 1 lakh bribe, you could get a
student pilot’s licence; a little
more cash could fetch you a
commercial pilot’s papers.
That’s what TEHELKA proved in a
sting operation that revealed
the shocking state of pilot
training in the country.
Full Story

KUMAR BAADAL, 18 DEC 2004

THE COVER-UP of Sameer Khan’s murder in a fake encounter by the Gujarat Police extended up to Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s office. After the Gujarat government was forced to concede that its police had killed a small-time extortionist, Sohrabbudin Sheikh, and his wife Kausar Bi in fake encounters, a TEHELKA probe established that Sohrabuddin’s cold-blooded murder was no aberration. The killing of Khan laid bare the mammoth cover-up crafted by Modi’s office.

TEHELKAIMPACT

Following the TEHELKA expose, the Supreme Court in September 2008 issued notices to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah seeking their responses

After his death, Khan was announced to have been involved in a plot to kill Modi and other BJP leaders — a claim subsequently dismissed by the Gujarat High Court. The police said they shot Khan in self-defence. However, the trajectory of the bullet that hit Khan proved that he was shot at pointblank range while lying prostrate. These and other damning evidence of murder were uncovered by TEHELKA, on the basis of a police officer’s report that had been covered-up by the Director General of Police and the Chief Minister’s Principal Secretary.Full Story

ASHISH KHETAN & HARINDER BAWEJA, 7 OCT 2006

DEATH MONEY

The Selling Of Afzal Guru

DEBATES AROUND the innocence of Afzal Guru, awarded the death sentence by the Supreme Court for the 13 December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament aside, TEHELKA found his brother making money in his name.

Across Kashmir, people, political parties and secessionists alike spoke in one voice — Afzal Guru must be granted clemency or the Valley would go up in flames. Even as ordinary Kashmiris risked lives to join the clemency processions, Afzal’s brother, Aijaz Guru, and Yasin Guru, the brother of Afzal’s co-accused Shaukat Guru collected up to Rs 7 lakh in the name of ‘legal aid’ for Afzal. Political party leaders of all shades in Kashmir admitted on record to having paid money to the duo in the belief that it would be used in the campaign to keep Afzal from death row. The money collected was subsequently invested in property.Full Story

MIHIR SRIVASTAVA, 3 FEB 2007

From Tehelka Magazine, Vol 6, Issue 12, Dated Mar 28, 2009

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