Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Sandipan Sharma - Kejriwal is hypocrite for opposing CBI raids, but what do we call BJP leaders?

The CBI is, of course, unbiased and independent.

When it filed a chargesheet against BJP leader LK Advani in the Jain Hawala case, the Congress told us the probe was not politically motivated. We had no reasons to doubt it, convinced as we were with the agency's stellar record on Bofors. When it arrested Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Narendra Modi protested its proactive role, saying, "Today CBI has thousands of cases that are pending, so why is Gujarat given the priority? This shows that there is politics behind it." But, we ignored our future prime minister because we loved the CBI.

When the agency chargesheeted Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria in the Sohrabuddin case and dragged him to Gujarat for questioning, Arun Jaitley fumed, "The CBI charge-sheet against Kataria is without any basis. He is known for his credibility. The case is being pursued by the CBI with the intention of implicating senior BJP leaders at the behest of the Congress." But we shrugged it off as a political rant.

No, the CBI is never inspired by political vendetta.

A few months ago, Ashok Singhvi, a principal secretary in the Vasundhara Raje government was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Department after he was caught allotting mines for money. Since his arrest, the government has been forced to rescind the lease for thousands of mines in the state. When the Congress demanded a CBI enquiry into the scam, it went ahead and booked state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot in an old case.

The CBI, of course, acts immediately when a case involving public interest is involved. Like it did after thousands of students were cheated and deprived of jobs under Shiv Raj, hundreds were thrown out from colleges, dozens committed suicide or were killed, senior ministers were arrested for running a money-for-jobs racket with brokers and fixers and many officers--including the personal staff of the CM – were chargesheeted for corruption. That it acted on a day the Supreme Court was scheduled to intervene in the Vyapam scam, of course, was mere coincidence.

Everything is, of course, coincidence.

The office of a senior bureaucrat in the Arvind Kejriwal gets raided just a day after the Delhi High Court slams the Ministry of Railways for its ill-time demolition drive that leaves many homeless at the mercy of cruel winter. Chief ministers considered inimical to the BJP come under the CBI scanner one after the other. The Himachal Pradesh chief minister gets humiliated on the day of his daughter's wedding, the noose tightens around West Bengal CM's neck just days before the BJP unleashes its ambitious Vidhan Sabha campaign in the state.

Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, third time a pattern or enemy action? No, silly, every time it is just coincidence. No, the BJP never called the CBI Congress Bureau of Investigation. When the Supreme Court called it a caged parrot, perhaps it was talking about its stellar quality of repeating what it is taught, wagging its tail in front of its masters and never biting the hand that feeds it.

Yes, Kejriwal is a hypocrite for protesting the first-ever raid in democratic, federal India by the CBI on the CM's office. Did he not, before becoming the CM, argue that the agency be not forced to seek prior permission before acting.

But, then, what do we call the BJP and its leaders, who stalled a CBI probe into Vyapam till a petitioner knocked on the doors of the Supreme Court, and put a stop to the case involving questionable transactions between Lalit Modi and Vasundhara Raje's son even after promising a probe in the Delhi High Court?


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