04 December, 2020

Relying On Friends

The agency is told it has no case against Balasubramaniam

Relying On Friends

IT is considered the graveyard of many an importance case which has rocked the nation. The Central Bureau of Investigation (cbi) may soon add another to its chequered list. The government has denied permission to the investigating agency to prosecute V. Balasubramaniam, a top Reliance Industries executive, after sensitive and apparently classified documents were seized during a Delhi Police raid at his office last October.

The red signal to the cbi has come in the form of a letter written by a senior official in the Cabinet Secretariat. While agency sleuths were busy preparing a case against one of India's largest, and arguably most controversial, corporate houses, the letter has stunned even the most cynical officers into disbelief. It informed the cbi last month that the documents seized from Balu's premises were not classified documents. Which, in effect, means that the case under the Official Secrets Act is a non-starter since, according to the letter, there was nothing secret or classified hence actionable that the Reliance Industries executive had laid his hands...



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