30 November, 2020

Polly In Fine Fetter

The agency steps in to investigate Vyapam but is the parrot out of the cage yet?

Polly In Fine Fetter

When in the Opposition, BJP leaders, including current Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley, had belittled it as the ‘Congress Bureau of Investigation’. The Supreme Court famously likened it to a ‘caged parrot’, and former Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi coined the acronym ddt— Department of Dirty Tricks—to indicate that the CBI operated at the behest of the government of the day. Irony reigned when these themes got a fresh airing as the country’s leading investigative agency plunged headfirst into a welter of cases last week. Among them:

  • A 40-member team headed by a joint director landed in Bhopal to take over the politically sensitive Vyapam case, allegedly involving senior members of the RSS and the BJP, apart from Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his family.
  • In Mumbai, three CBI teams raided the residence and office of activist Teesta Setalvad, who has filed a number of cases pertaining to the Gujarat riots of 2002 when Modi was...


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