Thursday, November 20, 2014

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha must go: Dr.JP

Supreme Court order on CBI director Ranjit Sinha is perfectly justified. His integrity, judgement and competence are all suspect. Ranjit Sinha should go.

Sinha acted with reckless disregard for truth and public interest in Parakh and SEBI cases. Now SC finds him compromised in 2G case.

CVC needs to come clean and explain how a person like him was appointed in the first place. Clearly the earlier safeguards failed.

This case shows that we need to carefully construct balance among institutions of rule of law. We cannot blindly trust any person or organ.

Activists who put all faith in one all-powerful office or institution are wrong - be it Lokpal or CBI. A network of institutions is the key

Power without accountability is dangerous, particularly in police, prosecution and judiciary. Now we need to restore CBI's credibility.

The new Lokpal law provides for CBI chief's appointment by PM, Chief Justice and Leader of Opposition. Let us hope they will act with wisdom and nobility.

Now is the time to ensure that all constitutional and statutory authorities are appointed by a collegium, and the best are chosen.

(Back in December 2010, Loksatta filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) along with distinguished citizens J.M.Lyngdoh, S. Gopala Swamy, TS Krishnamurthy, Julio Ribeiro, Admiral Tahilyani to cancel the 2G spectrum licenses that were granted without competitive bidding and transparency. The case was argued by Prashant Bhushan and the Supreme Court delivered the verdict on 2nd February 2012 canceling 122 licenses.)

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