New Delhi: Former West Bengal Governor Gopal Gandhi on Tuesday described the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as the ‘Department of Dirty Tricks’ (DDT), and alleged that the premier agency has been government ‘s hatchet rather than being an honest ally.
“The CBI has a very mixed image. Not all of it is flattering. It is seen as Government’s hatchet, rather than honesty’s ally. It is often called DDT – meaning not dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, the colourless, tasteless, odourless insecticide it should be, but the Department of Dirty Tricks,” said Gandhi.
Incidently, Gandhi was speaking at the special lecture titled ‘D P Kohli Memorial lecture’ organized by the CBI.
“The CBI is clothed in opacity, then ornamented by secrecy and finally perfumed by mystery,” he said while suggesting that the CBI should be autonomous.
He further added, “The Director of the CBI, like an Army or Air Force or Navy Chief, should be totally independent professionally but not a loose cannon. (He) should be a phenomenal instrument, not a self-operating robot. He and his Bureau should be guardians of the law, never a law unto themselves.”