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IB’s Dirty War Reaches President!
|by Dr. Rajinder Puri|
Does the President of India, the only public official in our Constitution under oath to preserve and protect all laws and Constitution, have any responsibility? If so, does he have any accountability? The Constitution of course empowers Parliament to impeach the President if he transgresses due process and law. But what accountability does the President’s office undergo in day to day functioning? It seems none at all. Is that why President Pranab Mukherjee despite his formidable political experience remains a mute and helpless spectator as governance and the rule of law and procedure continue to crumble in India? Well, now the time may have come when events might compel the President to act and discharge his responsibilities as undertaken in his oath of office.
The dirty war openly being fought between the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), each agency unashamedly aligned to one wing of the polity or the other, is now attempting to smear even the President of India. This brazen infighting between the two premier agencies entrusted with maintaining national security makes mockery of Indian democracy and governance. Can President Mukherjee despite this remain indifferent?
Consider the strange sequence of events.
Immediately thereafter the IB leaked a document to the Times Now TV channel alleging that the President’s secretariat had breached national security by imparting sensitive security information to foreign spies over telephone. The channel’s anchor waved the document in his hand for viewers to see.
There is a background to this development.
It may be recalled that in 2011 when Mr. Mukherjee was the Finance Minister he complained to Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh that he suspected his finance ministry offices were bugged and therefore he sought a secret inquiry into the alleged incidents. He said that substance was recovered from the office that could be used to implant electronic listening devices. It was the office of his close and trusted longtime aide Mrs. Omita Paul that was suspected to be bugged. Nothing came of that inquiry and little more was heard of the controversy. But for the first time the deep trust deficit existing within the government had surfaced.
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