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Short Biography of Nawab Rajendran who fought against corruption whose death also exposed Indian politicians

Short Biography of Nawab Rajendran who fought against corruption whose death also exposed Indian politicians

Today we got support of television channels; we got the Right to information act because of Anna Hazare and people like Arvind Kejriwal.

But this is the legend of Nawab Rajendran who fought for the society when there was no support from television channels and no right to information law.

When India became independent that time we should have got the right to information act but the British white driver of slave bus left the bus and our own people started to drive that bus.

Today we demand justice and protection for the right to information activists but Nawab Rajendran fought with the government machinery without any help from society.

Who was Nawab Rajendra?

He was not born rich, He never became rich he was a poor citizen of India and an honest, fearless Journalist who was the real Bharat Ratna of India.

Nawab his main area of action was Kochi city where the High Court of Kerala is located.

The real name of the Nawab Rajendra was T.A. Rajendran.

He was born in the year 1950 and died in the year 2003.

In year 1990, he was awarded Rupees Two Lakh by a Trust for his outstanding services to the society.
He took just Rupees Thousand from it, and donated the rest for constructing a state-of-the-art mortuary in the Kochi General Hospital

He was a social activist and journalist from Kerala.

He was born in the small town of Payyannur in the Kannur District of Kerala

He started his career as a journalist.

He started a mid-day daily in Trichur, and named it Nawab.

Just like the name, his mid-day daily was operating and working like a Nawab a fearless paper showing truth and corruption of high and mighty government officers and government departments.

The Nawab became so bold and truthful in reporting news about corruption that influential people and government and his enemies came together and closed down his mid-day newspaper Nawab forever.

But they failed to silence the T.A. Rajendran who was now recognized and popularly known as the Nawab Rajendran.

When Nawab saw that powerful people closed down his publication, he adopted public interest litigation as a weapon to fight the corruption and evils of the society.

He filed many public interest litigation petitions against the former chief minister and a powerful politician of his time Late Mr. K. Karunakaran.
In his biography, he says that he collected lot of evidence and documents, which would have destroyed the political life of many politicians including Late Mr. K. Karunakaran in Kerala.

In his biography he says that the then DIG of Crime Branch Mr. Jayaram Padikkal had taken all the documents from him under the instruction of K. Karunakaran.

He was arrested, he was beaten mercilessly
He had great difficulty in opening his mouth because of the damage caused by the police who plucked his teeth ruthlessly in their mission to take the documents.
He had undergone many atrocities during his time under police custody too.

As Rajendran claims, Padikkal has repented about this action later.

While all this was happening he exposed the one ministers attempt to marry his minor daughter.
He exposed the child marriage.

Irrigation minister was undergoing an enquiry about misdeeds in the purchase of pipes for irrigation purpose.

The minister arranged his daughter’s marriage.
The girl was still a minor.
At a time when there was no Right to Information Act to help in gathering information, Rajendran took great pain in collecting the necessary documents and filed a case against the minister.
This case was proved right prima facie and the minister had to resign after a comment form the High Court.

Government of Kerala did not like it and they approach the High Court and asked the High Court
to denounce Nawab Rajendran as an annoying litigant, as he approached the court with a large number of cases thus wasting the valuable time of the court

He never stayed at a place for a long time.

He was always on tour searching for evidences to support his case or to find out new issues.

Still he had a unique postal address.

It was, Nawab Rajendran, High Court Verandah, Kochi
And he never missed a letter on this address.

When he was at Kochi, he used to stay at the students’ hostel of Government Law College.
They provided him shelter in their hostel rooms, shared their food with him, and even gave him spare change for his daily breakfast or drinks like tea or coffee etc.

If he failed to get the shelter in the law college, his next shelter was the Bus Stand.

How Nawab travelled?

He used to walk on foots if friends offered him two wheeler ride he accepted it and for long travelling he used lorry service
Lorry – small truck

Nawab used to visit Indian Coffee House in the heart of Kochi city, very near to Maharaja’s College.

Nawab was fighting with the two cancers
1st Cancer is Corruption in India, which is killing honesty in India.
2nd his own tumor cancer.

Towards the end of his life,

Rajendran was diagnosed with cancer and was undergoing treatment

Nawab breathed his last breath on 10 October 2003

His last wish was to donate his body for medical studies.

However, it was claimed that the government cremated his body in a hurried manner once again exposing the Politicians of India.

Short information about one of his PIL case which will give you full idea how he fought with the corrupt politicains.

Kerala High Court - T.A. Rajendran vs. Governor Of Kerala And Anr. on 4 June, 1986

This is yet another litigative adventure of the petitioner in the writ jurisdiction of this Court. The order assailed is that of the Governor of Kerala; and the person attacked is the Chief Minister. The State cabinet took a decision on 28-11-1985, sanctioning the issue of a license for the establishment of a distillery for the manufacture of spirits. About two months later on 18-2-1986, the Chief Minister flew from Cochin to Calicut and back in a helicopter of the Indian Navy. These acts, according to the petitioner, constituted offences punishable under Section 5(1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947 (hereinafter referred to as 'the Act'). The Chief Minister of a State cannot, however, be prosecuted for such offences, without the sanction of the Appointing Authority, which in the present case, is the Governor of Kerala. The petitioner made the necessary application on 25-2-1986. That was supplemented by other petitions submitted on 17-3-1986 and 12-4-1986. The Governor of Kerala declined sanction for prosecution by his communication dt. 24-4-1986. The order is a brief one and it reads:

Referring to the above, I am to inform you that the Governor finds no case for granting permission to prosecute the Chief Minister under Section 6 of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1947.

Your request has therefore been declined by the Governor.

In short -The allegation is that the Chief Minister used "the helicopter of the Indian Navy for attending a personal function at his daughter-in-law's house in the sole company of C. L. Anto who was subsequently bestowed with a license for distillery".
The use of the helicopter, according to the petitioner, is not for any of the purposes allowed by the Government of India and hence illegal. It was contended that the Chief Minister was not entitled to the use of the helicopter as his visit did not satisfy any of the conditions relating to the use of aircraft/helicopters.

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7 comments:

MEcoy April 26, 2013  

another huge lost

Anonymous,  August 24, 2014  

Kerala and India need many more like him.

Radheesh G August 07, 2015  

Dear Sir,
Please add more details abour Nawab that new generation will get inspiration from him.

Shehan salam March 09, 2016  

An inspiring figure...A model
....

Nimishangal melody March 11, 2016  

We should remember the date 10th of October every year that his last breath. We can think about a statue instead of politicians. Big salute sir.