This is a replay of the absurdly humorous Spy versus Spy cartoons of Mad magazine. As the No. 1 and No. 2 in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) went hammer and tongs at each other, in secret and then out in the open, a not so amused nation looked on. A lot more may happen before the CBI recovers from this huge hit to its already low credibility as a ‘caged parrot’ that sings its master’s tune.
The midnight drama after a huddle by the top brass of the nation led to unprecedented action like the warring duo was asked to go on compulsory leave. Whether this is allowed legally in the case of the CBI Director, who is chosen by a collegiums including the CJI and has a fixed tenure, is open to question and the top court would be ruling on this at some point of time.
The CBI has been a tool used by successive governments to harry political opponents while the bureau personnel have been known to run extortionist operations aimed at tax dodging businessmen. There has never been great autonomy nor has the bureau deported itself professionally in winning the cases it brings to courts, including CBI courts.
The shenanigans of the CBI and its internal intrigues have often made it appear like an unconvincing cinema villain. Politicians slugging it out over the state of the CBI now have been equally culpable in using the bureau. Will the mess be sorted out and the image of the “Corrupt Bureau of Investigation” set right is a billion rupee question.
Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep
CBI director is packed off at 1 am/2am; next day, 4 alleged IB operatives detained outside his house.. this is straight out of a page turning thriller where crime meets political intrigue.. Gol maal hai bhai sab golmaal hai!
Rahul Gandhi @RahulGandhi
PM removed the CBI Director to stop him from investigating Rafale. Mr 56 broke the law when he bypassed CJI & LOP. Mr Modi, Rafale is a deadly aircraft with a superb radar. You can run, but you can't hide from It
Mamata Banerjee @MamataOfficial
CBI has now become so called BBI
( BJP Bureau of Investigation ) - very unfortunate!
Arvind Kejriwal @ArvindKejriwal
Is there a co-relation betn Rafale deal and removal of Alok Verma? Was Alok Verma about to start investigations into Rafale, which cud become problem for Modi ji?
Shekhar Gupta @ShekharGupta
Change of script: bored with raiding political adversaries & media organisations, Modi govt agencies now raiding themselves. CBI now, ED next?
Prashant Bhushan @pbhushan1
Immediately after illegally removing the Director CBI, Alok Verma & illegally appointing tainted officer Nageshwar Rao as acting Director, the entire ACB team particularly those investigating PMO's blue eyed boy Asthana, are being replaced with alacrity! It is Modi's CBI Gate
Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39
The CVC Mr. Choudhary be sacked for sabotaging the cases against PC and BC. Earlier when he was an officer in MoF he conducted numerous Revenue Intelligence raids and then took a bribe to close the cases and share with a Punjabi lady officer. I got the papers in Hyderabad
Our show on the CBI war last night. My favourite moment: when I asked the BJP rep why the midnight drama, 1am orders to remove CBI chief, he says "just like you are a 24x7 channel, we are a 24x7 govt"!
Central BJP Intruders (CBI) have virtually taken over Caged Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to save Corrupt Brokers of India (CBI) through it's Criminal Barter Interrogation (CBI) by its Crooked Bureaucrats of Incompetence (CBI)
Rajeev Chandrasekhar? @rajeev_mp
Only a tough, fearless @narendramodi govt cud intervene so decisively in charges of corruptn wthout fear or favour agnst both top offcrs of #CBI That is real story! We all know corruption in Police is rampant but this is how we shd deal wth it n prtct institutns
100% true. A govt or party or its friends caught in the CBI net would never have acted as tough. It is a massive action which only a fearless govt could take
One of Key & Important Files on the Table of CBI Director #AlokVerma was , BJP MP Dr Subramanian @Swamy39 's Letters to the #CBI , Complaining against Finance & Revenue Sec Mr Adhia !!
CBI raids CBI to expose corruption in the CBI whose job is to expose corruption everywhere including CBI but CBI cannot probe CBI without CBI knowing that CBI cannot probe CBI