23 March 2006 ~ 0 Comments

‘Hostile babus’

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‘Hostile babus’ The Jessica Lall case may even have an unforeseen impact on babus, though its rather serendipitous than real. The reason why ‘corrupt babus’ go scot free even after years of toil by the investigating agencies is that their fellow babus simply refuse to testify against them. These babu witnesses turn hostile even after testifying during the Preliminary Enquiry (PE). Sensing the helplessness of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has recently decided to come hard on these ‘hostile babus’ to make them fall in line. The Commission has suggested strong disciplinary action against babus who turn hostile at the trial stage. Though no specific disciplinary measure has been suggested in the Commission’s Office Order, senior babus in the Commission say that ‘action’ could range from removal from ‘sensitive’ posts to even suspension. CBI babus at last see some light at the end of the tunnel. They hope that the order will act as an effective deterrent for the chameleonic babus who not only help subvert justice but waste precious time of the premier investigating agency. They are hopeful that babus will think twice before ‘changing stance’ in future cases. Now it remains to be seen how effective the order will be in nailing the corrupt, particularly in the high profile ‘disproportionate assets’ cases that are lined up before the agency. Threat of disciplinary action of course will be some deterrent, but will it be strong enough to break the ‘bonding’ among the corrupt babus, who strongly believe in the maxim “ you scratch my back, I scratch yours”.

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