It was not very long ago that the Supreme Court called the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a caged parrot. That was when the government of India was still substantially a democratic institution run by the elected representatives as a collective. Six years under the Modi dictatorship, and this caged part with its wings completely sheared off is now reduced to nothing more than a one-trick pony whose only purpose is to either protect the interest of the ruling political party and its co-conspirators in the devastation that has struck India in the last 6 years or to target opponents – politicians, thinkers, ideologues alike.
On Tuesday the UP police registered an FIR in UP against unknown persons over rigging of TRPs in UP. Immediately thereafter the case was handed over to the CBI. On what basis then did the state government handover the case to the CBI and the CBI jump to take it over when the case is against unknown persons that too sans evidence? The only evidence so far has surfaced in Mumbai and not Maharashtra.
According to the Delhi Special Establishment Police Act (1946), under which the CBI functions, its purpose is to investigate major crimes in the country having interstate and international ramifications. How is the case in UP interstate when no such evidence has been produced? More importantly why hand over a case in which there has been absolutely zero investigation? The CBI comes into the picture only after evidence is gathered of the interstate or national nature of the crime.
The true reasons for registering of the fake FIR and its instant transfer to the CBI become obvious when you consider the context in which it has happened. Before the registering of the FIR in UP, the Mumbai Police had registered an FIR against three Mumbai based TV channels, including Republic TV, the blatantly open supporter of the ruling government, rabidly communal and the biggest disseminator of lies and propaganda pathetically packaged as news, for rigging TRPs, which is a serious criminal act involving fiduciary losses to concerned parties. The police have unearthed evidence of Republic TV paying people to keep their TV turned on to the channel to increase its TRP ratings and thus deceitfully cheat advertisers of huge monies.
Last week astute judges of the SC – a fast dying breed – had refused to transfer the Mumbai TRP case to CBI and had also told the Channels editor, Arnab Goswami, to approach the Bombay High court, which in turn has come down heavily on the TV channel. It has been the standard practice of all criminal elements in the media and elsewhere working in tandem with the government to serve both their nefarious purposes to commit a crime and then run to SC judges of dubious character to get relief and if that fails then get the government to use constitutional agencies like the CBI to bail them out of trouble. This is what the FIR in UP is all about: an attempt to save the skin of Goswami who now finds himself between a rock and a hard place after the Supreme Court showed him the door.
Or, inversely, is the CBI through jumping to take over the UP FIR now admitting that the TRP scandal is indeed true, that it is a national phenomenon in which a lot more TV channels than the three Mumbai channels are involved and that it has now been deployed to safeguard the interests of these bunch of nation-destroying criminals acting under the tutelage and patronage of a dictatorial, incompetent and nation destroying government? One of these has to be true. Either the CBI is trying to save Goswami’s skin or is admitting to the scope of the problem.
Hours after the fake UP FIR was registered and transferred to the CBI, the Maharashtra government acted against the Union government’s nefarious designs in the TRP case by revoking the state’s blanket permission to the CBI to register FIRs and investigate cases in the state. The Maharashtra government had good reasons to do so.
Earlier, both the Bhima-Koregaon case and the Sushant murder case being investigated by the Mumbai police were transferred to NIA and CBI respectively because the grain of the investigation in a re-enquiry slated to be ordered by the new non-BJP government in the first case and the ongoing investigation by the Mumbai police into Sushant’s death would go against the interests and nefarious schemes of the Union government. The Bhima-Koregaon case is nothing but a unprecedented lie hoisted on exemplary activists, thinkers and ideologues opposed to the ruling regime to stifle their dissent and voice, while the BJP hoped that politicizing the Sushant suicide case, looking for a crime when none has occurred would gain it political mileage in the Bihar elections, besides divert attention from Modi’s and his regime’s abject failure as PM. In the Sushant case, a similar strategy of registering an FIR in a BJP-ruled state -Bihar- was used to transfer the case to the CBI from Maharashtra, removing it from the jurisdiction of Maharashtra police. In the Sushant case, Republic TV is the one that has been most disseminating lies, half-truths and doing everything else that suits the Modi government.
Maharashtra is not the only state to withdrawn permission for the CBI to investigate cases in the state. Earlier, Rajasthan, Chattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh withdrew their permission for the CBI to register and investigate cases in their states. This started happening after the Modi government, in an unprecedented and unashamed blatant manner started using central and constitutional institutions to cover-up its crimes, failures and unmatched corruption and to target all opponents of all kinds.
The high point in which the CBI immersed itself in the gutters that it finds today was categorically marked by the Union government evicting the CBI Chief Alok Verma who it feared would investigate into the Rafael deal in which the government has committed gross and criminal irregularities that have meant tens of thousands of crores loss to the national exchequer, not to mention the destruction of long standing critical organizations like HAL. The whole episode catapulted both the image of the government and the CBI into ignominy that both will find hard to recover from.
Such compromising of the CBI through various means has led to a situation in which, as of today the CBI serves no national interest. It serves only the interests of a failed, incompetent and criminal government and its co-conspirators spread across various segments of society. As a caged parrot under other governments, the CBI still performed some of the purposes for which it was established, but under the Modi regime, all its wings have been brutally sheared and the caged bird is now reduced to nothing more than a one-trick pony subservient only to the interests of the government and its cronies. All that it now is is the BJP’s private force. Wherever it is brought in to do a job by the Modi regime, as in the present case, it is always against the interest of the nation and the people.
In the Hathras case for instance, what is the CBI waiting for? There is enough prima facie evidence visible to even a legal novice to throw the SP and the Deputy Commissioner of the district and other police and administrative machinery officials into jail.
Rather, the CBI has been brought into this case not to dispense justice to the victim but to water down the case, take focus away from the caste crime and find a way to provide the upper caste culprits who raped, mutilated and murdered a Dalit girl with eventual acquittal in the courts by leaving legal loopholes for the lawyers of the accused to exploit. This is standard procedure when crimes by state-politican-caste fraternity occur.
Why do we need such a institution anymore? And why do we need a government that, with help from within, has destroyed literally every constitutional institution in the country to the extent that these are now working against national interest and the welfare of the people?