His master’s voice

On the CBI director saying the coal allocation report was shown to the law minister as ‘desired’ by the latter
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First Published: Fri, Apr 26 2013. 11 33 PM IST
A file photo of law minister Ashwani Kumar. Photo: Hindustan Times
A file photo of law minister Ashwani Kumar. Photo: Hindustan Times
It is a polite fiction that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is an independent agency. On Friday, even that notion was done away with after its director admitted to the Supreme Court that he shared a report with the government that he was not supposed to.
In an earlier hearing, the court had asked Ranjit Sinha to file an affidavit stating that he did not share a status report in the coal allocation controversy with the political executive.
Sinha said the report was shown to law minister Ashwani Kumar, as “desired” by the latter. For a government that is in the dock for wanton abuse of power in allocating national resources such as coal and spectrum, this amounts to subverting the ends of justice.
This is not the first time the government has tried to “steer” CBI in politically sensitive cases. The apex court ought to take all erring persons—ministers and civil servants—in this case to task.
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First Published: Fri, Apr 26 2013. 11 33 PM IST
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