The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is the paramount intelligence wing of the government of India. It is alleged that successive governments have used it against their rival political parties and keeping this charge levelled against it, the Supreme Court called the agency a ‘caged parrot’. It is unfortunate on the part of the country that instead of dilution of the allegation it got worst in the present dispensation. Almost all opposition parties are facing harassment from this and other government agencies. Karti Chidambaram the son of the former union minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI at the Chennai airport for allegedly accepting one million dollar bribe to favour a media company. He was brought to Delhi where he was given into police custody for 5 days. The arrest came just days after his father approached the Supreme Court alleging criminal harassment of him and his son. P Chidambaram said it was a political vendetta. His counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the CBI allegation that his client was not cooperating with the agency was totally baseless. He said it was a bizarre case of arrest.
It is an irony that in many cases the CBI could not prove its charges in the court. The result in this case remains to be seen. Nine months after the CBI registered the case it affected the arrest. The agency said the accused was not cooperating with it and this charge was rejected by his counsel. In its FIR the CBI accused Karti of being part of a conspiracy with the promoters of a media company to help them to get around issues related to foreign investment. They allegedly violated provisions of the law and in this connection they sought the help of the accused on monetary consideration because his father was the union minister. The matter is serious and should be thoroughly investigated but the question arises whether the arrest was required for the progress of the investigation or under the compulsion from the outside quarters. The court order will clear the doubts.