What ails thee?
The CBI took off as an undeterred symbol of efficacy in the Indian state, yet, over the years, its image has been tarnished by controversies.
Our premier investigation agency has long been bad-mouthed by politicians and the media. But the public did not yet write it off. It continued to shower it with more respect than it did to the neighbourhood police. But after the Arushi verdict, that fig leaf is off. The lay public is dismayed, and as more revelations unfurl they are furious, and finally abusive. Like pus on the pimple, the Enforcement Directorate charge sheet against Moin Akhtar Querishi has arrived amid deep antagonism. The finding that he has laundered bribe money into valuable foreign exchange for two of its Directors has CBI down for the count. The amounts too are large, Rs 5.75 crores for one and 1.75 crores for the other.