CBI Gone! CVC, SC Comes Next!

The Day After - - CONTENT - By Su­nil dang Feed­back on:re­porter@dayaf­terindia.com

Ever since In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi took charge as In­dian PM, there were spec­u­la­tions that his au­to­cratic style of func­tion may take a toll on the au­ton­o­mous in­sti­tu­tions. But, the spec­u­la­tions were washed-off cit­ing the ‘Gu­jarat Model’ and its suc­cess. But, to the sur­prise of those Modi sup­port­ers, when the ‘Gang War of CBI’ sur­faced in pub­lic do­main, they were un­able to gal­lop that Alok Verma, whom Modi chose as CBI Direc­tor af­ter the Leader of Op­po­si­tion Ma­likar­jun Khadge not ap­prov­ing for the cov­eted post, had gone re­bel­lious against the en­tire PMO. Verma not only went against the ‘blue eyed’ man of the PMO Rakesh Asthana, he also took pot shots against two PMO of­fi­cials PK Mishra and Bhashkar Khulbe. In this very pub­lic CBI con­tro­versy, who comes out vic­to­ri­ous, is a mat­ter of spec­u­la­tion be­fore Novem­ber 12th Supreme Court hear­ing but one thing is sure that in this en­tire episode, the im­age of the CBI has re­ceived an ir­repara­ble blow.

How­ever, at this junc­ture, I would like to add that this is not the first in­stance when an au­ton­o­mous in­sti­tu­tion has been hit dur­ing Modi’s regime. When Naren­dra Modi was Chief Min­is­ter of Gu­jarat, he con­tin­u­ously sup­pressed the in­sti­tu­tion of Lok­pal. Later on, when he be­came the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, slowly and steadily var­i­ous au­ton­o­mous in­sti­tu­tions like UPSC, Mi­nor­ity Com­mis­sion, ICCR etc., have lost their sheen. But, no­body was ex­pect­ing such a CBI civil war of sorts to sur­face in the pub­lic do­main. But, my con­cern is graver. This CBI spat may burn the In­dian Ju­di­ciary and CVC too. Since, the Supreme Court has asked a CVC en­quiry un­der a re­tired Apex Court judge, I won’t be sur­prise if ques­tions over the neu­tral­ity on the of­fice of CVC sur­faces in pub­lic do­main. So, the two supreme au­thor­i­ties that can ques­tion the In­dia govern­ment over any mat­ter have been put in en­tropy.

Now comes the In­dian Ju­di­ciary, which is fac­ing ma­jor as­sault from both the BJP and some of the Hindu re­li­gious lead­ers (in the wake of de­lay in Ram­jan­mb­hoomi Case). When the BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah was in Ker­ala he said that courts should not give or­ders which can­not be im­ple­mented. Al­though he was speak­ing on the Sabarimala judg­ment re­vers­ing the ban on women’s en­try into the tem­ple, what he said has wider im­pli­ca­tions. If we go into the mem­ory lanes, the In­dian Ju­di­ciary has clearly banned parli burn­ing but the var­i­ous state gov­ern­ments have de­clined to im­ple­ment that court or­ders. Sim­i­larly, in Satluj-Ya­muna Link, court or­ders have been vil­i­fied by the state lead­er­ship for time im­memo­rial. Now, in Sabri­mala ver­dict too, the BJP lead­er­ship is try­ing to paint the In­dian Ju­di­ciary as an in­sti­tu­tion that is not sen­si­tive to the pub­lic sen­ti­ment. That colour is also get­ting vis­i­ble in the Ram Tem­ple case. The way Ayodhya Priests tried to pres­sur­ize the Chief Jus­tice of In­dia for de­lay­ing the jus­tice in Ram­jan­mb­hoomi Case and play­ing into the hands of op­po­si­tion par­ties, who have pleaded to de­fer the ver­dict till 2019 Lok Sabha Polls, it seems like the BJP is try­ing to paint an im­age of the In­dian Supreme Court as an or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is non-sen­si­tive to the pub­lic sen­ti­ments through its um­brella of Hindu fun­da­men­tal lead­ers. There­fore, af­ter CBI, it will be CVC and Supreme Court fac­ing the heat.

Now, the ques­tion is who would be the ben­e­fi­ciary of this whole ex­er­cise? Op­po­si­tion is def­i­nitely not. Ac­tu­ally, there are some or­ga­ni­za­tions — like CAG, CBI, CVC, Supreme Court etc. — that can chal­lenge the govern­ment. Since, Modi is fac­ing the Rafale heat both in­side and out­side the par­lia­ment and the CBI has al­ready ac­cepted the pro­posal from for­mer Union Min­is­ter Yash­want Sinha to look into the Rafale Deal, the govern­ment seems to have sniffed the up­com­ing role of CVC and the Supreme Court. This ex­er­cise looks to ques­tion their in­tegrity if such a sce­nario emerges. Is the op­po­si­tion ready for that? Only time will tell. How­ever, who­ever comes out vic­to­ri­ous in this po­lit­i­cal gam­bit, such au­ton­o­mous bod­ies would be the ul­ti­mate ca­su­alty for sure.

Alok Verma with Rakesh Asthana

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