The arrest of a powerful former minister in the world’s largest democracy should sound three cheers for the rule of law.
It rings hollow.
The scale of scandals involving public figures and the shoddy record of Indian investigating agencies lead to doubts. One can only express the cynical thought: when will the chargesheet against former telecom minister A. Raja, who was arrested on Wednesday, fall through, if it will be filed in the first place?
If there was a time to free probing agencies from the clutches of the executive, this is it. Today, such is the power of those who have been accused of corruption and felony that no investigator is in a position to carry out an impartial investigation.
If there are fears of the police getting out of hand, there are remedies such as its judicial superintendence. But if the corrupt are ever to face justice, this freedom has to come now.