24 January, 2021

The Worm Turns...

In a stunning volte face, the CBI refuses to come to Rao's rescue

The Worm Turns...

EVEN as Kapil Sibal pleaded before the Delhi High Court for the summons against his client—Narasimha Rao—to be quashed, the nation watched spellbound the CBI's turnaround from Rao's lapdog to rottweiler.

Just two weeks ago, the CBI was claiming there was "no case" against Rao in the $100,000 Lakhubhai Pathak cheating case because the former prime minister's name was not in the Pickle King's original complaint of 1987.

It even objected to Pathak raising Rao's name before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Prem Kumar, prompting critics to wonder if the agency was shielding Rao. But, in the interim came the CBI'S somersault. Witness this statement of a Bureau spokesman: "We won't comment on the evidence but we have to defend the lower court's order." 

When Rao's plea against the CMM's summons came up at the High Court, CBI counsel Gopal Subrahmanyam's response was cryptic: "We're going to oppose the petition." Result: Rao's future hung by a thread over the weekend. The CBI's new stand—despite...



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