There have been multiple instances of threatening, harassment and even murder of various whistle-blowers in India.
An engineer, Satyendra Dubey, was murdered in November 2003; Dubey had blown the whistle in a corruption case in the National Highways Authority of India’s Golden Quadrilateral project.
Two years later, an Indian Oil Corporation officer, Shanmughan Manjunath, was murdered for sealing a petrol pump that was selling adulterated fuel.
A Karnataka official SP Mahantesh, said to be a whistle-blower in controversial land allotments by societies was murdered in May 2012.
Mahantesh was working as Deputy Director of the audit wing in the state’s Cooperative department and had reported irregularities in different societies involving some officials and political figures.
While it is important to expose a wrongdoing, a whistle-blower should have the moral backing behind his act of whistleblowing. Comment.
20 marks / 250 words.
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