The deplorable sharing of status report pertaining to ‘Coal-gate’ scam investigation by the CBI does not lead to much ‘shock and awe’ given the consistently deteriorating integrity and credibility of the agency in recent years. The flagrant violation of the Supreme courts directive by the CBI clearly exposes the sense of insecurity of the political leadership and the agency’s subservient status to the government. The CBI director cannot escape the responsibility for betraying the people as well as the honorable court. The climatically condescending political values apart, the politicization of CBI is also attributable to its weak and ‘value deficient’ leadership over the years which prefers to transgress all norms of ‘professional uprightness’ to please the political leadership. Yet, Mr. Sinha’ acknowledgment will ‘rejuvenate’ the discussion on the need of making CBI a truly autonomous body. I would request the esteemed judges of the Supreme court to take a serious note of such contempt shown to its authority and set a good precedent so that such kind of promiscuity does not become the part of the already pathetic work culture of the so-called ‘ premier investigation agency’. The active and decisive judicial intervention in the governance is almost becoming a matter of compulsion rather than choice thanks to the gradual preponderance of ‘rule of politics’ over ‘rule of law’. The Prime minister prefers almost condemnable silence, ministers do lie with audacity for him, bureaucracy symbolizes ‘selective’ activism and indifference, corporate giants keep exploring new means and mechanism of ‘quid pro quo’ to legitimize their unlawful exploitation of nation’s resources and we the people of India having ‘solemnly’ resolved to forget and forgive, celebrate our tryst with IPL, reality shows ……………………………………….and many more.
Are we advancing towards positive entropy as a society?
Sajjan Pratap Singh Director, IIIASA