The "caged parrot" has spoken.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed the most curious First Information Report (FIR) in contemporary Indian history.
The CBI, castigated by the Supreme Court for being a caged parrot, and for sharing its files with the very arms of the government being investigated in the "coalgate scam" (alleged corruption in allocation of coal blocks), has been zealous about demonstrating its strength and independence.
The FIR (more FIRs and charge-sheets are to follow) lays the blame at the door of PC Parakh, a bureaucrat who initially recommended that coal blocks should only be allocated by open auction, and upon review by government, changed the recommendation to allocate some blocks to a company in the AV Birla Group.
Keeping him company in the FIR is KM Birla, the Birla Group chairman.
Text: Somasekhar Sundaresan, Business Standard
Cartoon: Satish Acharya