New Delhi : In a dare-devil act, 65-year old Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday challenged the Supreme Court as also the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) that handles the government service matters, accusing them of belittling India’’s top institutions by passing off-hand remarks.
His daring attack came through a tweet: “Hon Supreme Court calls CBI a parrot in a cage, CAT calls Intelligence Bureau (IB) a chicken. Are we not belittling our institutions?” Even the judges know that they cannot put such
damaging remarks in their formal orders and yet they play to the gallery, he asserted when reporters told him that he can be pulled up for contempt of court.
An immediate taunt to his tweet came from BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad, a senior advocate, asserting that “if the moral of the CBI has been down, it is only because of its rank abuse by the UPA government.” He asked Digvijay Singh, who has been also a former Madhya Pradesh chief minister to introspect what his party, his leader and the Prime Minister have done to the great institution of the CBI before casting aspersions on the Supreme Court.
“Instead of blaming the highest judiciary, it is important for Digvijay Singh to learn and understand as to why there are series of scams one after another in his government,” Prasad added.
In a hearing last week in the coal scam, the Supreme Court has dubbed the CBI as “a caged parrot” who “speaks in its master’’s voice” after the investigating agency admitted in an affidavit that Ashwani Kumar, who quit as Law Minister on Friday, and senior officials of the Prime Minister’’s Office and the coal ministry had made certain changes in the status report submitted to the court on the allocation of coal blocks.