IB’s explanation and Jaitley’s gyaan

December 27 2015

Last Wednesday saw IB’s annual endowment lecture being held at New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan. The initiation from the IB to give the lecture had been sent to Central Finance, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley. During the question-answer session, IB’s former Additional Director Rajendra Kumar shot a piercing question at Jaitley. It is worth noting that this is the same Rajendra Kumar who had grabbed headlines regarding the famous Sohrabuddin case and Ishrat Jhan encounter in Gujarat. Rajendra Kumar’s question was, “People like us carry out our duties without any political ill-will. Then why is it that we are made scapegoats in the political game of chess?” Jaitley gave the answer in one sentence. “There is no bigger sin than political obligation.” People had understood what Jaitley was trying to indicate. It is worth remembering that before this, for last year’s endowment, the IB had invited DRDO’s then chief Avinash Chander. The chief lost his post only a few days after the lecture. Political turmoil has engulfed Jaitley from all directions ever since he gave the lecture, too. Is this a script for a familiar incident?

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