The present Director, CBI retires in Nov , 2016 . Search for new incumbent , is underway. Recall the unsavoury experiences with two former Directors of the premier investigative agency. Both ran into rough weather due to their alleged proximity to a controversial meat exporter. Both IPS officers ( 1974 batch )were appointees of UPA , based on “pick-and-choose , arbitrary and discretionary approach”. Richly rewarded despite their clouded credentials. One was even re-employed as Member UPSC to select civil servants?

A national “ Kalank ”.

If we don’ t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it? Due diligence is thus the hallmark of fair selection. The ruling political dispensation should keep this in view while making sensitive appointments.A 360 degree background check is necessary to avoid recurrence of faulty appointments.

Directors, CBI have usually been from the IPS. Attempts made in the past by the IAS Association to grab the post, did not succeed. Somehow, the surgical strike by the IAS association was forestalled by the powerful IPS lobby. Power struggle ensued. As a consequence, CVC, more often than not, headed by an IAS officer, was brought in to exercise superintendence and control over CBI.

Keeping in view the totality of circumstances, change in selection methodology is called for to identify the best person for the job. Consultative mechanism should be the preferred option.

An important source to know the credentials of officers is their Service fraternity. Getting secret feedbacks about eligible candidates, from serving States’ DGs(Police) is suggested. Feedbacks from the peer group, is useful. Total reliance on APARs is not considered appropriate.

The Cabinet Sectt should act as nodal agency to process all formalities. Based on inputs received , the Cabinet Secy may compile a list of all eligible candidates and place it ( with feedback details ) for consideration of the prescribed committee headed by the Prime Minister , LOP (LS) ( or leader of the largest opposition party) and CJI ( or any other SC Judge recommended by CJI) as Members. The PM’s committee should interview all shortlisted candidates and identify the most suitable person based on professional/ personal integrity, experiences in CBI , investigative skills etc.

Insiders of CBI may have natural edge over outsiders by virtue of professional skill .But, wild card entry from the Indian Administrative Service, should never be permitted.

 

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As a pessimist, I visualise the worst scenario.

Repatriation of diplomats on tit-for-tat basis by both countries,has begun. This could soon lead to closure of High commissions in both countries.

Support from both the US and Russia, is crucial.

Against this background, I wish that wisdom dawns on the two duffers Rahul, Kejriwal and the Commies to rise above petty politics and refrain from doing anything that demoralises India's Armed Forces.

 

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I have decided not to go to theatres to see movies as I do not wish to be hauled up for contempt of Supreme Court and slapped with charge of Sedition.

Moreover, I am not in the business of competitive Nationalism.

I feel, I am a great nationalist and a greater patriot.

But, I do not wish to carry the tag of Nationalism up my sleeve.

Let no one force me to become more nationalistic than what I am,now..

I am not aware of the practices.in other liberal democracies of the world.

 

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November 1604

India’s Security

National security is one of the most  important aspects of Governance.

China has massive vested interests in Kashmir due to its geo-strategic location. A part of Gilgit has already been grabbed by China from Pakistan.It now eyes the entire region.

China is providing financial support to Hurriyat separatists and rabid mullahs besides recruiting fresh blood for infiltration into India.

Pakistan is trying to push in Salafi-Wahabbi terrorists into Kashmir to replace its Sufi culture.

If, Baghdadi gets eliminated, all his jihadis would gravitate to indian sub-continent and play havoc in India.

The present proxy war restricted to Kashmir,is only a trailor.

India will have to fight two adversaries-- Pakistan and China.

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DOP&T’s  decision (TOI, Oct 20 ) revoking suspension of  a Joint Secy ( IAS, AP- 93 ) in MHA , placing him under “compulsory wait”, is discriminatory, unjust, unfair and legally untenable. Two Deputy Secretaries and one Section officer are still under suspension. Their fault : Juniors belonging to “ inferior services “.  The favouritism shown to top officer of elite Service, weakens the Prosecution’s case in the court.  All officers should be treated at par for offences impinging on national security under doctrine of “collective responsibility “

Interceding in favour of the accused under pressure from 15 Joint Secretaries of MHA, is bad in law. The group used hyperboles like “suspension was demoralizing" and “harsh on the honest IAS officer" besides standing surity for officer’s "integrity and hard work”. Was this justified when investigations were and are reportedly still underway.

Who authorized the group of 15 joint secretaries to issue a clean chit to the accused? Gross interference in administration of justice? A clear misconduct. No wonder, if, Joint Secretary’s name is deleted from list of the accused. Is the group of 15 not liable for prosecution under IPC and the Conduct Rules for influencing the inquiry? Can one expect just and fair investigation? Due diligence was not carried out by the FCRA division headed by the re-instated Joint Secy before renewing licence of the  NGO ( IRF-Islamic Research Foundation )  headed by someone masquerading as a preacher. No transparency, no accountability. The Government will have a lot to explain to Parliament in the coming winter session.

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Can the Sahitya Akademi awardees be called intellectuals, conscience keepers or opinion makers? They have forfeited their rights to be categorized as such..By returning the awards, they have disgraced their own works that earned them coveted recognition. Awards helped them earn hefty royalties from publishing houses. And, catapult them to sudden name and fame and turn them into insensitive, self-seeking millionaires.

Have the writers made any contribution to society?

Did they ever propose any solutions to solve societal problems?

If, not, let them join the club of pseudo intellectuals.

They merely allowed themselves to be manipulated politically with ulterior motives.-- Just to embarass PMcrats and overcome  threats of  “ frustration, low productivity, absenteeism,   sedentary jobs, increasing workload, image  makeover of  offices by  creating a positive  and energetic work force , help in effective discharge of official duties etc.” 

DOP&T’s pearls of wisdom or plebian arguments. Insiders reveal on condition of anonymity that suggestion for gyms came from a few top bureaucrats to burn their calories. Juniors do it, anyway, travelling by public transports. Why can’t seniors emulate their subordinates and eliminate VVIP racism? Have they forgotten Modi mantra: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Sweeping would surely keep them healthier and happier.  Consider logistics. Shortage of office space in Delhi and outside is well known. Scouting for additional office space in the open market would be prohitively  costly. Private gyms have sprouted at every nook and corner. Why not avail of  these facilities instead of creating duplicate infra-structure. The cascading effect  on the States has not been visualised? Expenditure running into thousands of crores of rupees. This could be utilized on projects/schemes to help the less fortunately circumstanced. People are getting increasingly disillusioned. GOI must get its priorities right. Sooner,the better.

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Apropos  WIC  home page ( 2nd Oct ,2015) “ Yeh waala Jhadoo daale gandh...  MMS says all Coal files he did not read!... Or may be Sonia's orders he did heed files for her to see…”, serves as the wake up call. 

Let us analyse  CBI’s cleanchit to Manmohan Singh in coalgate  scam.

The moot point is: How could the CBI ignore the Principle of Equality before Law. Whither Constitutional guarantee? All accused must be treated similarly. 

MMS’s rhetorics like: “I have respect for judicial processes“ … ; “ I am open for legal scrutiny”… ; “Truth will prevail”… ; I will get a chance to put forward my case with full facts” … , are political gimmicks. These do not absolve him from his responsibilities as ex- Coal Minister in deciding illegal allocation of coal blocks in Jharkhand to Navin Jindal group of firms. 

CBI’s argument that perusal of coalgate files notings and MMS’s non-interference with screening committee’s recommendations, did not suggest his complicity, does not stand to reason. Atrocious interpretation

It  was an open secret that MMS took all decisions under oral directions of the Congress “ High command “. But, it does not mean that he was precluded from  perusing files and applying his mind before putting his signatures. He has to pay for the sins committed by the Congress party whose credibility is at the lowest ebb.

Another crucial omission by the CBI.Did the Principal Secretary and Secretary to ex-PM fail to advise the boss about financial impropriety of decisions? Were they under pressure? If so, then, from whom? If top officials are not grilled now , they will not be spared by defence counsels of other accused during court proceedings. A dangerous portent. There is a growing suspicion of a grand conspiracy behind saving the high and mighty. One trusts, the CBI is no longer the caged parrot?

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September 1629

Land of Mars

Signs of flowing water on Mars.

My imagination runs riots.

Possibility of extra-terrestrial  beings  visiting Mother Earth regularly travelling  by flying saucers.

Are the aliens passing through ancient, medieval or modern stage of history ?

If they are technologically more advanced, there will be rush for new alliances with them by the worldly super powers.

If the Mars is in early stage of civilisation, the super powers  will start the THIRD WW  for conquering the mineral- rich planet.

The UN and P-5 would become irrelevant.

Only, P-6 with India led by PM Modi as new member could help in averting such a calamity.

 No chance for  Indian developers and builders grab the Martian  land by hook or by crook   in collusion with the Vadras and go scot free. 

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Top-secret,Secrets and classified information pertaining to France- manufactured the first Scorpene submarine, running into 22,000 pages leaked,causing massive damage to India's strategic security.

Was this a case of leakage by the private company that fabricated the submarine. The information might have been leaked as part of cut-throat competition between rival submarine manufacturers.

A French employee who joined the rival. company.,could have sold the secrets.

It could also be joint hacking by China and Pakistan.

If,so, it has given them huge strategic edge over India in spying.

And, last but not the least, what about sabotage from within--Indian Navy ?

I am paranoid.

National security cannot be compromised.

The country wants to know the truth.

No under-playing it.

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The IAS officers association’s appeal to GOI for amending PC Act (1988)and  CrPC  ( 1973) to help the serving and retired officers  in litigation matters  by hiring for for them eminent lawyers out of  tax-payers funds. The demand from an “ elite “ association is irrational , reprehensible and fraught with dangerous repercussions. Similar demands from  “ aam “ Services to protect officials at lower echelons, could not be resisted.

Former coal secretary H C Gupta refuses to take legal assistance in coalgate scam on the plea that he could not afford a ‘ good lawyer ‘.Way out is simple? Let him co-operate with CBI investigations and reveal the roles of all black sheeps under Congress-led  UPA dispensation, who might have manipulated him.

Coming close on the heels of coal scam, Association’s motive seems suspect. What,it means in actual ? If, a retired or serving delinquent officer is under prosecution by the CBI on charges of corruption,as per IAS association’s proposition ,  GOI or State govts should have the  responsiblity to arrange  an ‘ eminent lawyer’ to defend the accused in the hierarchy of courts (Trial courts to Supreme court )against the CBI and its advocates. This would not be pro bono.The private lawyer’s fee , running into lakhs and crores of rupees, will be charged to the Consolidated Fund of India. The proposition is ludicrous, financially inappropriate and legally untenable on grounds of discrimination besides causing huge public embarrassment to the governments at the Centre and States. Another financial scam in the making ?

It is not the governments’ responsibility to defend the accused for offences committed under the Prevention of Corruption Act. At the same time, it is not in the mandate of IAS Association to vouch for any members honesty and give a clean chit. This is precisely what is happening in the coalgate scam ,even while it is subjudice.The issue should better be left to the Judiciary to decide  in the light of evidences/ witnesses garnered by the CBI.The governments should, however, not object to  Services Associations creating their own Corpus Funds, through donations by its members, to meet such contingencies.

PM Modi may please take the call for holistic consideration.

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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