My view is that while this assurance needs to be reiterated, there should be no presumption that CBI has been harassing bankers
and bureaucrats for genuine mistakes. All these CBI cases relating to banks reported in the newspapers are not cases of genuine mistakes but of deliberate fraud. I have worked in the revenue department for more than three decades. My view about the efficacy of CBI should be more reliable than of one who has worked in the CBI itself. I am not talking of political cases but of cases in the revenue department and the banking department. There, I have not found any case of harassment by the CBI. These (CBI) cases take a long time to get decided which is not because of the CBI but due to court delays. Even failures cannot be attributable to the weakness of the basic charge-sheet made out by the CBI but largely to court decisions. I dare say that I have not found any honest and good officer in our department punished by the CBI.
My firm view is that the fear of the three “Cs” is highly exaggerated. Slothful and corrupt fellows use this imaginary fear for not taking decisions. But the FM’s assurance is useful and soothing.
Retired member, CBEC
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