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After CBI Raids Stalin! Who is Governing India?
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
One day after the DMK withdrew support to the UPA government the CBI raided the residence of Mr. Stalin who was a known hawk of the DMK advocating withdrawal of support. The CBI conducted the raid in pursuance of a probe into alleged financial irregularity committed by Mr. Stalin. Opposition parties naturally put two and two together and alleged that the government was misusing the CBI to carry out a political vendetta against the DMK. Then, strange things started to happen. These happened because of the silent struggle within the UPA government right at the top. I will refrain from elaborating on that aspect. Instead let us consider the government’s odd reaction which exposes systemic farce.
Do their objections imply that normally the CBI acts only at the behest of the cabinet and this time it departed from set practice? In other words do they imply that all their earlier protestations about never interfering in the functioning of the CBI were just a load of hogwash?
Either way the government is caught in a Catch-22 situation. Surely the raid was ill timed and has greatly damaged the government’s image as well as the fate of the Sri Lanka debate in parliament. It is a most serious issue. But it has arisen because the government is badly divided at the top. It glaringly exposes the systemic flaw that renders cohesive governance impossible. Readers can draw their own conclusions about why the PM and FM made their unprecedented statements criticizing the actions of their own agency which they claim should and does act independently of their influence. It will be difficult to sweep this issue under the carpet. The fundamental systemic flaw that caused it will have to be addressed. MPs in Parliament must demand answers from the government: If the government did not order the raid, who did? If the CBI Director acted at the behest of an extra-constitutional power, he must be sacked.
The PM's statement reveals a grave threat to national security.
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