2G tape controversy: Is CBI director right in calling it a ‘trivial aberration’?
by FP Staff Feb 12, 2013
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FIRSTPOST. TAKEWhether the tape is genuine or not will need to be verified through forensic tests. However, the fact that the prosecution may have been compromised in one of the biggest corporate scams in India doesn't augur well for either the investigative agency or the corporates accused. The CBI director is correct in saying the entire organisation cannot be held guilty if the prosecutor's indiscretions are found to be true, but if true it will need to beef up its internal checks and balances to ensure it retains a reputation worth maintaining.
CBI director Ranjit Sinha has said that the tape that purportedly contains a recorded a conversation between CBI prosecutor AK Singh in the 2G scam case and Unitech chief Sanjay Chandra was just a “trivial aberration” by an officer even if proved to be true.
“I can confirm prima facie it appears to be true, but unless things are proved in the forensic laboratory we can’t say anything about it,” Sinha told CNN-IBN‘s Rajdeep Sardesai in a telephonic interview yesterday.
When asked if this proved the investigative agency was not working neutrally, the CBI director said,”I don’t think so It’s just a trivial aberration by some officer. And we have taken damage control measures for that.”
Since the contents of the tape were made public, the CBI has removed Singh as the prosecutor directing the investigation in the case and has also initiated a preliminary enquiry. It has also informed the Supreme Court, Central Vigilance Commission and Law Ministry of this development.
The CBI director has, however, said that the prosecution’s case had not been damaged in any way by the allegations.
“No, I don’t think it is such a big offence, we are looking into every aspect and we have registered that the prosecutor has not damaged this case in anyway,” he said.
He also denied that these allegations would dent the reputation of the CBI in any way.
“In no organisation there are only angels. You know, there are bad apples in every organisation. The issue is that we must take remedial measures as soon as this comes to our notice and this what we have done,” he said.
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