“Why are you shaking in panic because you take a bribe. Free yourself by paying a bribe if you caught accepting a bribe.” Rinku Singh Rahi, a government whistleblower, told EmpZen when talking about the widespread bureaucratic corruption in India. He was threatened, beaten, and shot for trying to do his job honestly.
How many times, you could get any work done in a government office without paying a bribe? I certainly could not. We all know the bureaucracy is corrupt to the core. It is safe to assume that every institution is corrupt if not proven otherwise. It is the sole responsibility of the institutions to prove that they are honest. They need to come clean.
“CBI presented no evidence, remained silent during the trial.” said O P Saini, the special judge presiding over the 2G case. Now where do we go from here? If we can’t trust the top most investigative agency to do its job honestly, then who do we turn to? Who will investigate why the CBI did not present any evidence?
In the US, all government agencies including the top domestic investigative agency, the FBI, which is equivalent of the CBI, periodically gets in front of the elected officials. A hearing, as it is called, is usually open to the public. The purpose is to obtain information and opinions on proposed legislation, conduct an investigation, or evaluate/oversee the activities of a government department or the implementation of a Federal law. In addition, hearings may also be purely exploratory in nature, providing testimony and data about topics of current interest. Most congressional hearings are published two months to two years after they are held.
Why there are no such hearings held in India? The Indian people have a right to know if and how a government department is working honestly to serve them. For the past seven years, we did not know what was going on behind the scene. If the CBI investigators were put in front of the nation during the entire 2G investigation, the outcome might have been different.