'What the hell is going on in this country?' the Supreme Court asked, while hearing a PIL against Hasan Ali Khan for alleged money laundering – precisely the question everyone of us is asking, as scam after scam surfaces, and investigations expose a widening web of immorality in the system.
The apex court had a series of uncomfortable questions for the government. What prevented it from taking Hasan Ali in for custodial interrogation despite having sufficient material on his illegal activities? Why is he being charged with tax evasion only, and not anti-terror laws for his alleged links with arm dealers? Why were the three Enforcement Directorate officials transferred midway through the investigation?
The court expressed its dismay thus: 'There are instances when minor offenders are shot down for violating Section 144 CrPC, but you don’t take any action against these people'.
Earlier, the Supreme Court, unhappy with government's handling of the 2G Spectrum Scam had decided to monitor the investigations. In yet another major snub to the government, the court also quashed the dubious appointment of the CVC.
Aren't these stinging strictures sending out a clear message? But hear what the Prime Minister has to say:
“While the power of judicial review must be used to enforce accountability, it must never be used to erode the legitimate role assigned to the other branches of the government. This is vitally necessary to preserve the integrity and sanctity of the constitutional scheme premised on the diffusion of sovereign power,”
Time to stop talking, Mr. Prime Minister. Act. Stem the rot that is spreading.