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View: Hijacking bankers to catch swindlers is a terrible, terrible idea

View: Hijacking bankers to catch swindlers is a terrible, terrible idea

Finance
By Andy Mukherjee Corporate chicanery appears in multiple forms and with unfailing regularity: think Enron Corp. or Wirecard AG. What bedevils capitalism in India is the propensity of some investors to cheat all other stakeholders. In good times, “promoters” — as controlling shareholders are known in local law — puff up project costs and award contracts to related parties, draining profits away from the company. The extraordinary effort that entrepreneurs put in to beat the country’s legendary red tape provides, at least in some minds, a justification for helping themselves to an outsize share of the spoils. A highly opaque system of election financing gives politicians a stake in perpetuating the status quo. In bad times, promoters leave creditors with hardly any value to extract from fa...