Only last week, while examining the affidavit filed by the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on  probe in coal scam, the Hon’ble Supreme court remarked: “CBI has become a caged parrot speaking in master’s voice,” and that it has many masters in the Government. The court taking note of the fact of sharing and alterations in draft probe report of the coal block allocation scam, observed that “It’s a sordid saga that there are many masters and one parrot.” 

 And now the Bangalore Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has cast serious aspersions on the functioning of the Intelligence Bureau.  Giving its ruling on the plea of a woman IPS Officer against her premature repatriation to her Cadre due to her ‘maladjustment or lack of  adjustment’ to the IB’s work culture; the Tribunal called IB a chicken and an Augean’s Stable requiring systematic clean up. The CAT observed that ‘IB is like a chicken. A bird? Yes. Can if fly?  No.’  Ruling in favour of the Petitioner,  the CAT also directed the Cabinet Secretary to head a nine-member panel to bring about integral competency and specific accountability of all intelligence services.

 The above two stinging remarks of the judiciary against the functioning of the government intelligence agencies say it all about the rotten system that has marred the functioning of these agencies over the decades.  However, rather than taking the remarks of the judiciary in the right spirit and to address the issues involved and put the right systems in place, the Congress Party has chosen to criticize the judiciary. Mr. Digvijay Singh of the Congress has expressed his unhappiness in no uncertain terms on the Supreme Court calling the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) a ‘caged parrot’ and the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) terming the Intelligence Bureau as a ‘Chicken’. He has questioned the apex court and CAT by saying – ‘Are we not belittling our Institutions. When pressed further for comments by TV Journalists, he had the audacity to say that they better get the comments of the apex court and the CAT who had made these remarks. 

          The remarks of Mr. Digvijay Singh need to be looked into in the backdrop of the kind tirade the entire Congress Party had launched against the Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) of India,  particularly on his reports in the 2G and Coal Scams.  Where had the wisdom of Mr. Digvijay vanished when the entire Congress Party was belittling the institution of CAG.  It is only when the problem comes to your doorstep that you start talking about the respect for our Institutions. This is nothing but hypocrisy. 

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