Hansraj Ahir (Exposed coal scam):
Hansraj Ahir, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Chandrapur, is the man who brought the coal scam into light. He added “There are 27 coal mines in Chandrapur. Coal blocks were being given away for free”. After Ahir became part of the standing committee of Parliament on coal and steel in 2004, he wrote to the prime minister and finance minister in 2006 asking for the allocation of coal blocks via auction.
Sanjiv Chaturvedi (opposed the construction of a canal through a wildlife sanctuary):
Sanjiv Chaturvedi was an officer in the Indian Forest Service (IFS), and fought a long battle against the Haryana government. Five years ago, Sanjiv opposed the construction of a canal through a wildlife sanctuary that was being made in violation of the Wildlife Protection Act. He further opposed the misuse of public money to import rare plants for a private herbal park. As a result, the top official of the Haryana Forest Department launched an offensive against him, alleging that he was not working “in the best interests of the department.” He faced a dozen transfers and suspension on flimsy grounds in four years of service. The then President Pratibha Patil cancelled his suspension after a long battle. Further, Chaturvedi went the RTI way to prove that his actions were in the interest of the public. He has now moved to AIIMS and is the Chief Vigilance Officer in New Delhi.
Major (Retd) S.K. Lamba, (exposed Adarsh scam):
Retired army Major S.K. Lamba worked tirelessly, along with other army officials, to expose the Adarsh scam. The plot of land in Colaba belonging to the army was being secretly drawn off for a residential project with support of senior army and Maharashtra government officials. When the 73-year-old army veteran began digging out information about the project, and was approached by many who wanted him to let the matter rest. In 2006, he was even booked for a hit and run, which he claims was imposed on him for trying to hunt out information on the scam. Lamba said “The case dragged on for six years, and I was finally able to get justice, a year ago. In between, chapter proceedings were also initiated against me by the police for unruly behaviour and being seen in a drunken state,” as reported by India Today.
Aseervartham Achary, Raja’s PA (exposed 2G scam):
Aseervartham Achary, the crucial 2G spectrum trial witness stood up in court and pointed at a man, an ‘office peon’ for accused Reliance executives, whom he claimed had threatened his life. When the scam came into light Achary got a call from the CBI. A chargesheet depended on his testimony regarding the relationship Raja had with Kanimozhi, visits of corporate leaders to the minister’s office and the consequent arguments that led to one telecom secretary moving away. He was the man who exposed the scam.
Source: Aditya Menon,India Today.