There have always been questions regarding the working criteria of Central Bureau of Investigation, even the Supreme Court of India in a ruling stated “CBI as a caged parrot speaking in its master’s voice”.
The government in many ways use the central investigation agency as a weapon against opposition parties. The Bureau’s failure to provide a transparent investigation has resulted in its severe criticism and a besmirch image. CBI mainly work as per the aspirations of ruling party and this becomes quite obvious from the things done and not done. Whenever the government wants to malign the image of a particular leader it uses CBI.
In recent years its unethical use for political gains is on the rise. On Friday CBI filed a charge sheet against Haryana former Chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is a perfect example of how the government uses CBI to deviate serious issues. The continuous law and order situation problem in Haryana has been in criticism since the BJP government came into power in 2014. To suppress the anti-incumbency atmosphere surfacing in Haryana a CBI charge sheet was filed against Hooda in Manesar Land Deal Case, stated Congress party. The spokesperson of Congress Party, Randeep Surjewala said,” Political witch hunt, vendetta and malicious intent to seek revenge has blinded the Narendra Modi-led central government and the Manohar Lal Khattar-led state government in registering a series of criminal cases against Congress leaders across the country.”
However, this is not the first time when CBI has been used to take unnecessary action against the opposition, earlier in 2G spectrum case ruling its fragile working process was proved as the Judge himself acclaimed that CBI failed to bring any proofs against the accused.
Senior advocate, Prashant Bhushan in an article on CBI’s inclination towards Government stated the example of former Chief Minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddyurappa, who had been charge-sheeted by the CBI in the case involving donations made to his trust by miners who obtained contracts. The court has let off the former CM. Why didn’t the CBI appeal against the order? The silence is deafening.
BJP has been rousing the Bofors case for 13 years despite the fact that the Delhi High Court has said,”there was no evidence that Rajiv Gandhi had accepted bribes.” On 3rd February CBI filed a petition against High Court’s decision whereas the Attorney General KK Venugopal advised the government against an appeal, saying it was likely to be dismissed only on account of the long delay.
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However, the matter is still under investigation but it seems that the government has no interest in the original case but wants to keep the matter in public domain through CBI’s actions on Congress leader P Chidambaram. The leader himself claimed “The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends. The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of the Opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organization,” Chidambaram said in a statement.”