There is nothing to be excited about the fresh FIR filed and the raids conducted by the CBI at 20 places across Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata in connection with the Commonwealth Games scam. The raids were conducted in relation to laying down the tracks in five stadiums. The CBI in the past has carried out several such raids but it is to be seen when the investigations in the CWG scam will get over and whether the culprits will ever be brought to book. This is because the investigations involving prominent people always face resistance. A positive method should be adopted by the government to curb corruption and put the guilty behind bars. Though the government has often spoken of adopting strict measures in this regard, the reality is that nothing tangible has come up so far. The moment a scam surfaces, a big hue and cry is made but when the matter reaches the CBI the issue calms down. The fate of CWG investigations are in the doldrums. It is a known fact that CBI’s track record in relation to big scams has not been good. Probably, this is the reason why we have lost faith in the CBI.

It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the CBI has proved to be ineffective in putting a curb on cases related to corruption. It is an irony that the CBI despite having proof is not granted permission to carry out investigations against guilty officials. The list of such corrupt officials is only increasing day by day. The Centre has refrained from saying anything in this regard. This when the Supreme Court has said that it should not take more than 3-4 months for the government to give its nod for starting an inquiry against corrupt officials. If the Centre is serious in curbing corruption, the CBI should not act as a government stooge and should be left alone to carry out its duties.