WHAT IS “WHISTLE-BLOWING” AND WHO IS A “WHISTLE-BLOWER”?
Although the concept of “whistle-blowing” itself is not new, the term ‘whistle-blowing’ has recently taken a place in the corporate and financial sector after various major corporate scam cases were reported in India. Whistle-blowing can be termed as raising the concern of wrongdoing in an organization. In technical terms, whistle-blowing is an act of disclosing, by an employee or a former employee, of what he believes to be unethical or illegal behaviour. Disclosing such act to higher management is known as “internal whistleblowing”, whereas the act of whistle-blowing to an external authority or the public is called “external whistleblowing”. “Whistleblower” means an individual who does the act of whistle-blowing. In other words, a whistleblower is an employee or a former employee who exposes information regarding unethical or illegal behaviour, fraud, corruption, deviation from the set of rules or mismanagement within the organization.
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