Vineet Narain

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Vineet Narain (born 1956) is a prominent Indian journalist and anti-corruption activist. His exposure of the 1990s Hawala scandal led him to use a public interest petition to apply pressure on the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI was widely criticised when its prosecutions collapsed, and the Supreme Court of India in deciding the Vineet Narain Case made directions that included new supervision of the CBI by the Central Vigilance Commission.

Family and early life

Born in 1956, Vineet Narain had his primary education in Western Uttar Pradesh and did his higher studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. His father was an academician and served as the Vice Chancellor of two prominent universities in U.P. He fought against interference of the political masters in the admission procedure of some of the professional courses in the state. His mother was active in students politics at the Lucknow University. Her father was then the Secretary of the UP Legislative Council.

Narain married outside his caste. His wife is an assistant professor of Russian language at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was educated at Modern School in New Delhi. His eldest son Azeez Narain is a manager in Tata Administrative Services (TAS). His younger son, Eeshit Narain is an independent film maker based in Delhi <>.

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