The swiftness in the Amit Shah case is very selective
Ajay Singh | November 2, 2010
The alacrity with which the CBI approached the supreme court after Amit Shah was granted bail is only illustrative of the supine nature of the country’s premier investigative agency. Shah, former home minister of Gujarat, was jailed for his involvement in the brutal killing of Sohrabuddin and his wife Kausar Bi by the state police. The CBI has been probing Shah’s complicity in the crime.
Of course, there can be hardly any sympathy with a person involved in a criminal act, howsoever powerful he may be politically. Whether Amit Shah deserved bail or further imprisonment is for the courts to decide. But we are more concerned here with the conduct of the investigative agency.
Just as Amit Shah was bailed out in the night in gross violation of the jail manual, the CBI knocked at the door of the supreme court on Friday. When inquired about the urgency of the situation, the CBI counsels pointed out that Shah had been released from the jail in violation of the jail manual and that he could influence the witnesses. This patently absurd proposition found least acceptance with the hurriedly constituted two-member of the SC. However, given the fear exuded by the CBI over the possibility of Shah and his mentor, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi manipulating witnesses and evidence, the SC interned Shah from the state.
Contrast this scenario with the CBI’s handling of cases related to politicians belonging to the ruling dispensation. Despite the SC’s stricture on the CBI’s probe into the 2G scam, the agency showed undue reluctance to proceed with the case. Similarly, in an overnight decision, the account of Italian businessman Ottavio Quttrochi was de-freezed in London allowing him to spirit away the money to a safe haven.
In the cases related to the disproportionate assets of Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav, the agency’s pace of investigation is apparently dictated by the ruling coalition’s political requirements. Going by the agency’s proclivity to please its political masters, it can be safely assumed that the agency has bartered its autonomy to the central government for a pittance. Unfortunately, the CBI has been getting successive directors who are ready to crawl if asked to bend by the political establishment. Only an exception can save the CBI.
On February 1, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the Union Budget. As Dr. Rajiv Kumar, the Pahle India Foundation chairman and former NITI Aayog vice chairman, succinctly summed up, “Budget 2023 is a consolidation of the gains over the years, and a positive step towards sustained economic
The Indian Metropolis: Deconstructing India’s Urban Spaces By Feroze Varun Gandhi Rupa, 840 pages, Rs 1,500 Feroze Varun Gandhi, a Member of Parliament from the BJP, has been a published poet. He is also a policy expert – he had published &
On mission mode, Indian Railways` Freight loading for first ten months of this financial year 2022-23 has crossed last year’s loading and earnings for the same month. On cumulative basis from April 2022 to January 2023, freight loading of 1243.46 MT was achieved against last year&rsquo
Mumbai’s municipal commissioner and administrator Iqbal Singh Chahal on Saturday announced a Budget of Rs 52,619.07 crore for 2023-2024, an increase of 20.67% over a revised budget estimate of Rs 43607.10 crore for 2022-23. The overall budget size has doubled in five years. In 2017-18
Imprints of the Populist Time By Ranabir Samaddar Orient BlackSwan, 352 pages, Rs. 1105 The crisis of liberal democracy in the neoliberal world—marked by massive l
Union minister of finance and corporate affairs Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2023-24 in Parliament on Wednesday. The highlights of the Budget are as follows: PART A Per capita income has more than doubled to Rs 1.97 lakh in around