Senior Congress leader slams CBI for ‘indiscriminately targeting’ bankers

Vastavam web: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram Sunday slammed the CBI for “indiscriminately targeting” some of the bankers, saying the agency has received “ultimate certificate” on its action from Union minister Arun Jaitley, who had criticised it. In a series of tweets, the former finance and home minister said he was glad that Jaitley’s conscience and legal acumen have finally stirred to condemn the “indiscriminate targeting of eminent bankers”, in cases where the allegations are about thousands of crores of rupees.

“The CBI has received the ultimate certificate from the one who has the best ring-side seat, the Finance Minister (on leave): ‘Adventurism and megalomania have overtaken investigators’!,” he said. “‘What cause are we serving or actually hurting?’ asks the FM. He knows the answer. The cause of justice,” he said. The CBI is also probing the alleged role of Chidambaram as finance minister in INX media case and had last week sought the sanction of the central government to prosecute him.

Jaitley has criticised the CBI for planning to question eminent bankers like K V Kamath in the Chanda Kochhar case of alleged cheating and fraud in the ICICI-Videocon loan case. Jaitley, in a write-up on Facebook, had slammed the CBI for naming the “who’s who of the banking industry” without concentrating on the “bull’s eye” in the case. Jaitley, who was holding the charge of finance ministry but is now on leave as he is away in the US for treatment, had said while adventurism leads to media leaks, ruins reputations and eventually invites strictures and not convictions, professional investigation targets the real accused on the basis of actual and admissible evidence and rules out fanciful presumptions.

“One of the reasons why our conviction rates are poor is that adventurism and megalomania overtake our investigators and professionalism takes the back seat,” Jaitley wrote.