Herald: My only mistake was that I was trying to cleanse the GSL: Rear Admiral (Rtd) Menon

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My only mistake was that I was trying to cleanse the GSL: Rear Admiral (Rtd) Menon

27 Jan 2019 05:03am IST

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Rear Admiral (Retd) B R Menon who was the Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) between 1995- 2000 candidly expresses himself in his book, ‘Honesty Victimised, CBI Politicised’

When an organisation is determined

to prove itself right even if it has made a mistake, it misuses the law’s nitty gritty to keep maligning the ‘victim’, just to maintain a point. Any withdrawal or back tracking of the actions taken by an organisation will be construed as a mistake. Rear Admiral (Retd) BR Menon who was the Chairman of Managing Director of Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) between 1995-2000 reminiscences that, “My only mistake was that I was trying to clense the GSL,” and yes, he has written it candidly in his book ‘Honesty Victimised, CBI Politicised’.

In his book, he explains that the travails, mudslinging and tardy functioning of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) as we see today are not new. Describing his personal experience while dealing with the CBI, in his book, Admiral Menon speaks of the rot that had afflicted the system decades ago. The book mentions his saga of trials and tribulations of an honest and a high calibre Indian Naval officer who was prosecuted by the CBI as a result of deliberate political victimization and how he fought for thirteen long years to get himself exonerated and acquitted after his retirement.

He explains in his book that as a CMD of GSL he did what was most essentially required to transform the decaying Shipyard by influx of illegal unions backed by political forces. He derecognised all the political union leaders and officer bearers and asked them to contest elections within the campus of the GSL. He also ensured that he did not heed to many requests from the then Defense Minister to give jobs to his cronies. “I am here to improve the assets of GSL and not to increase its liabilities,” Admiral Menon mentions it in his book.

The book exposes on how a bold defence officer had the moral courage with conviction to take on the CBI and the state machinery upfront.

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