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The Gujarat division of CBI

Discussion in 'Internal Affairs' started by Zarvan, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. Zarvan

    Zarvan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    An extraordinary push to appoint officers with a ‘Gujarat connect’ has turned the country’s premier investigative agency into a messy, divided house.

    The irresistible urge to use the Central Bureau of Investigation for political ends has plunged the country’s premier ‘independent’ investigative agency into a serious institutional crisis, triggered this time by a competing desire to nurse the ‘Gujarat connect’.

    The discreet subtlety that often went into the political management of the CBI is now a thing of the past. It has given way to an open show of strength, leaving the agency a divided house with its top two officials arraigned against each other.

    So, how did matters reach here? The extraordinary push to appoint officers with a ‘Gujarat connect’ into the CBI seems to be at the root of the problem.

    The appointment of Y.C. Modi, who was part of the SC-monitored Gujarat riots Special Investigation Team that exonerated Narendra Modi, as head of the National Investigation Agency, is a clear indicator of this trend. Y.C. Modi, incidentally, moved to the NIA from the CBI, fast emerging as a political incubator for investigators.

    The larger mess, however, is best represented in the case of Rakesh Asthana, a high-profile Gujarat cadre officer who was recently promoted as special director. Asthana had probed the burning of the Sabarmati Express in Godhra and had as a Superintendent of Police in CBI arrested Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam in 1997.

    But the problem for him is that his name has allegedly figured in the infamous ‘2011 diary’ recovered in the IT raids of the Sandesara Group which owns Sterling Biotech. The political belief is that this case may lead to Congress bigwig Ahmed Patel and his family, a notion reportedly strengthened by the arrest of Delhi-based businessman Gagan Dhawan in the case, who is said to be known to Patel.

    This is a politically critical case for the BJP, which is now soured by the Asthana twist bared, incidentally, by none other than CBI Director Alok Verma himself. He is believed to have officially pointed out the alleged noting of Asthana’s name in the 2011 diary maintained by the Sandesara brothers, when his name was placed before the CVC-led committee for promotion to CBI special director.

    Now, Asthana has been the government’s favoured candidate for the top job and was even made director for a few months in 2016 until the Congress raised a storm, especially on the government overlooking other senior batches. And given that the leader of opposition is now part of the selection process of the CBI Director, Asthana’s name had to be dropped. A fresh panel of officers from senior batches was created, which is how Verma got a shot at the post and eventually made it to the top.

    But Verma finishes his term in January 2019, which is when it’s widely expected that Asthana would take over – just before the general elections. The Sandesara-Sterling twist is a threat to this roadmap, something that senior advocate Prashant Bhushan has latched on to in challenging Asthana’s promotion in the SC despite a point of order raised by the CBI director in the committee.

    Why would the CBI director want to take on Asthana? This brings to fore another Gujarat cadre officer, A.K. Sharma, who is a joint director in the CBI and was IG (Intelligence) in Gujarat during the sensitive Mansi Soni ‘snoopgate’ incident.

    Sharma, it appears has found favour with Verma, who made him both the Joint Director (policy) as well as in-charge of the anti-corruption headquarters, the wing which oversees high-profile cases. These are the two most vital posts within the agency and are usually never rolled into one. But it was done for Sharma, who has emerged quite powerful within the system, providing the present CBI director his very own Gujarat connect.

    Then again, in the few months that Asthana was CBI director he created a Special Investigation Team under him for a unique set of quick delivery cases. These included the Vijay Mallya probe, Agusta probe, corruption case against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and the politically sensitive Rajasthan ambulance scam case, among others.

    This SIT remains with Asthana, making him an important power centre within the agency. The other side got one better when they moved on Lalu Prasad, apparently without his knowledge, in the railways hotel sale case in July, which sparked the break-up between Nitish Kumar and Lalu.

    Much as all this may sound like police politics, they have a significant bearing on the political management of the opposition. The brazen competitiveness within the CBI to show performance on this front is eroding the very institutional credibility on which this turf war is being fought.

    And that’s been an unfortunate pattern with the CBI, an agency which has two of its UPA time directors under probe while the current ones strive for political attention. The stench, and there’s ample evidence of it, is enough to demand a drastic overhaul. But then, the political potency of the ‘Gujarat connect’ outweighs all such considerations for the moment, leaving the CBI a broken institution, but a political strong arm.

    https://theprint.in/2017/11/15/gujarat-division-cbi/
     
  2. whitebeard

    whitebeard FULL MEMBER

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    Do you guyz even have something like a CBI der?
     
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    _Anonymous_ 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    They have something better .The ISI comprised almost wholly of denizens of Punjab and the IB also comprised wholly of denizens of Punjab .

    All of whom are very good at - "janaab , ji janaab ."
     
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  4. Zarvan

    Zarvan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    We have FIA they specially under Nisar doing good and also we have IB which sadly these days is acting like pets of corrupt Government
     
  5. Zarvan

    Zarvan 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    You Indians and your delusions I can assure you thousands of Pathans and Baloch and Sindhis are part of ISI and ISI does internal work but not that much it's mostly MI who does it but FIA and IB are starting to do they role they were supposed to do
     
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    He He He, the article is a joke itself. Just because YCM was member of SIT during investigation and the SIT giving clean chit to Modi makes him controversial appointment ??

    And why do this naive writer use words like "CBI in Institutional Crisis" ?? From which angle does it look like that it is under threat, the article only talks about some cases with added masala to add doubt about CBI under Modi in readers mind, just to protect their masters.
     
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