Unmasking the Nexus of Government and Central Agencies

The central agencies CBI, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax Department, exist with the sole objective in the public interest. Still, the current perception of people about these agencies does not match their fair role. There have been instances when the CBI behaves like a parrot of the government, questioning the character of the CBI.

The same goes out for about other departments too. Whenever the government has to clamp down on a leader of the opposition, the CBI or CID gets to work. How the Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh and his family are being mentally disturbed due to the notices issued by these agencies these days, the Captain has questioned the timing of the notices.

A few days ago, his son received the ED notice, and now the remaining members have received notice from the Income Tax Department. Captain Singh does not object to the notices being sent, only questions their “timing”. He meant that the way his government is involved in the farmers’ movement, the central government does not accept it, and that is why the government is using agencies to harass them mentally.

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By raising the issue, Captain Singh has hurt the central government’s hegemony, which does not tire of citing the impartiality of these agencies. For legal action, there is a set time. If the dust on the files of the cases filed against the leaders accumulates, it means that there is no threat to the government from these leaders. The files open when a leader raises voice against the decisions of the government. It is impossible to go back to the situation the farmer movement has reached today without resolving the issue.

The way Captain Singh led the dharna along with his ministers, MLAs and MPs at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. It is mandatory to create concern in government corridors. When a Chief Minister comes to Delhi and sits on a dharna, it then puts a big question mark on the role of government. The government cannot deny this as a minor incident, because such protests create public opinion against the government. Such an opportunity forces the government to self-test. This leads him to find out where he is wrong, but here the opposite is the case. Instead of finding its fault, the government is planning to silence the protesters.

Why did the ED and the Income Tax Department remember Captain Singh’s family during the Kisan agitation? Many opposition members are raising such questions. In the past, some states have clamped down on these agencies by enforcing legal provisions against the revengeful thinking of the government. That is, in particular, the CBI can no longer investigate any case in some states without the approval of the government there.

These states include Maharashtra, Kerala and some other states. Thus it is clear from this whole case that the tendency of the central government is based on unilateral thinking. One cannot expect ethics from a government that weakens the federal structure of the country. Yet the government cannot deny that the voice of the people cannot be suppressed by force.