Allegation against CBI still hangs
Posted April 30, 2012on:
The allegation of bribery against the CBI investigators of the Shehla Masood murder case still hangs. The allegation was made earlier in April by Zahida Parvez and Sabah Farooqui, two suspects in the murder case and now in judicial custody lodged in an Indore jail.
The two had made the allegation not in the court but before media persons as they were being transported from the court to jail after their judicial remand
was extended. They said BJP MLA Dhruv Narayan Singh was the “mastermind” behind the murder and the CBI was not arresting him because the investigators had been bribed. Singh is also a former chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (MPTDC).
The allegation publicised widely by the media stung the CBI bosses in Delhi and they sent an SP-level official, T Rajah Balaji, to see if there was any substance in the allegation.
Balaji spent a few days in Bhopal and Indore. He interrogated Zahida and Sabah in the jail after getting permission from the court. He also interrogated Dhruv Narayan Singh and then pushed off to Delhi. Singh had earlier been interrogated by the CBI several times, his residences searched more than once and he was also put to lie-detector test.
The status quo casts a shadow over the CBI’s working in the case. If the CBI had found evidence of Singh’s involvement in the murder and he was not arrested because the investigators had been bribed, Balaji should have by now arrested not only Singh but the bribe-takers also. If there is no evidence against Singh and Zahida and Sabah had only been playing games with the CBI, he should have taken the people into confidence and said so. His reticence on both the counts gives birth to another rumour: has Balaji also been “managed”?