CBI chief is running with the hares and hunting with the hounds

For somebody who has himself admitted to suffering from the foot-in-mouth disease, that is a sure recipe for disaster

ajay

Ajay Singh | May 1, 2013




In his first press conference after assuming the charge, CBI director Ranjit Sinha seemed to have a premonition of things to come. He candidly admitted that he suffered from the foot-in-mouth disease and therefore would prefer to keep a distance with the press.

Little did he realise that his words would haunt him within a few days. On Tuesday Sinha made a most ridiculous and inappropriate statement ever for a CBI chief. He said that the agency was not an autonomous entity, it was part of the government and thus there was nothing wrong in sharing a probe report with those who are part of the government.

Just as Sinha made this statement, the entire establishment in the CBI started squirming in discomfort. His assertion was not only inappropriate but ill-timed too, given the tough stance taken by the SC over an act of indiscretion by the agency in letting the law minister and government officials vet the status report on the coal scam probe.

For over two hours CBI officials tried to find the cure of Sinha's disease and extricate him from hurtling to another serious crisis. A clarification was later prepared to point out that Sinha never meant to say what he actually said. Since all these efforts took hours, his original statement symptomatic of the foot-in-mouth disease was played up by the electronic media.

Given Sinha's background as a seasoned CBI official having served in various capacities, his indiscretion appears inexplicable. Having worked closely with the investigation into the fodder scam monitored by the Patna high court, he was not ignorant about procedural lapses and improprieties committed in the coal scam.

He may have been justified in expressing his helplessness to retain even functional autonomy of the country's premiere investigative agency in the face of political interference. But the manner in which he articulated it made it appear that he was trying to please his political masters while expressing his helplessness of the situation. Obviously such an approach is quite akin to the proverbial situation of running with hare and hunting with the hound. For a man self-admittedly afflicted with the foot-in-mouth disease, such a race is a sure recipe for disaster.

Comments

 

Other News

Yoga Day has changed perceptions about it in ten years: PM

The expanding awareness of Yoga over the past ten years has changed perceptions associated with it, prime minister Narendra Modi said in Srinagar on Friday on the occasion of the International Day of Yoga.   “Yoga is now emerging beyond limited boundaries. The world is witnessing t

Listening to tomorrow: The imperative for youth-driven data in India

Over a decade and a half ago when I was still a student, millennials felt the burning need to break down the barriers of gatekeeping in traditional media. Young voices, brimming with ideas and opinions, were often sidelined, their perspectives deemed too marginal or unrefined for mainstream discourse. This

Israel-Palestine War: Lessons from Past Peace Efforts

Israel-Palestine War: Give Peace a Chance By Dr. Joseph K. Thomas IndiePress, 243 pages, Rs 399 T

How inner work helps subvert painful narratives

Unashamed By Neha Bhat HarperCollins, 240 pages, Rs 499   * How do I connect better with my partner? *&nbs

Heatwave spikes power demand: measures taken to ensure supply

The Northern Region has been experiencing high power demand conditions due to a prevailing heat wave since May 17. Despite these challenging conditions, the highest ever peak demand of 89 GW in the Northern Region was successfully met on June 17. This achievement was made possible by import

PM to release 17th installment of PM-KISAN at Varanasi on Tuesday

Prime minister Narendra Modi will release the 17th instalment of the PM-KISAN scheme on Tuesday at Varanasi and more than 9.26 crore farmers will receive the benefits amounting to over Rs.20,000 crore. The PM will also distribute the certificates to more than 30,000 SHGs trained as Krishi Sakhis to work as

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter