BJP MP Dr Subramanian Swamy has issued a sensational warning over his ongoing legal crusade against corruption and the corrupt, in light of the recent sensational developments at the top of India's premier investigative agency, the CBI.
Taking to Twitter, Dr Swamy, calling the goings-on at the CBI a 'massacre', has spoken about something similar potentially happening at the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a chargesheet that is to be filed against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, likely in the Aircel-Maxis case.
"If so, I will have no reason to fight the corrupt since my government is hell bent on protecting them", he concludes, adding an ominous threat:
"I shall then withdraw from all the corruption cases I have filed."
Over the years, Dr Subramanian Swamy has been instrumental in filing and pursuing various petitions in high-profile cases of alleged corruption, including the 2G scam, Aircel-Maxis, INX Media and others. In the ongoing battle between the CBI's top two officials, Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana, Dr Swamy has been taking Alok Verma's side, calling him a "very honest upright man" and Asthana, "a crook".
However, in terms of the government acting on the CVC's recommendation and placing both of them on leave, Dr Swamy opined that both had been treated equally and that he didn't want to get into whether or not it was appropriate as the matter is now in the court. He did, however, warn that corruption allegations against P Chidambaram and others shouldn't be impacted as a result:
"Impression should not go around that these people will go scot free. The accused like Chidambaram will go to the court and say that 'the whole investigation against me was flawed and the court will absolve the whole thing'. So the PM has to now take steps to ensure that the corruption investigation against Mr Chidambaram and others is not affected by this action.
Following the government's action, both Verma and Asthana have been placed on leave and CBI Joint Director M Nageshwar Rao has been entrusted with the responsibilities of the post of Director CBI in the interim. A number of officers from both camps, including the officer investigating Asthana in the bribery case the CBI had filed against him, have been transferred as well. Both Asthana and Verma had levelled allegations of corruption on each other.