The CBI giving a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler or, as reported in the Indian Express today, dropping charges against Quattrocchi in the middle of an election campaign, is only symptomatic of this Congress-led UPA government's biggest problem: Its hubris.
The CBI as an independent institution never had much credibility. This government ensured that whatever was left has been ground to the dust.
Off-hand, consider the cases against Mayawati. Mulayam Singh. Jagdish Tytler. Bofors...
And in all of them it's the same cynical, brazen and blatant arrogance on display, as the Congress went about subverting due process in sheer disregard.
Apart from these, equally randomly, consider Nanavati Commission of Enquiry on 1984 carnage, Jharkhand, Goa, Bihar, Office of Profit, Navin Chawla, Pratibha Patil, Volcker...
In all of these cases, the party seemed to think that it could literally get away with just about anything. And, whenever cornered, it has sought to adopt the higher moral ground
By dropping a Natwar Singh then or a Jagdish Tytler now, the party seems to think it has done the nation a favour, and merrily gone back to business as usual, issuing its empty sermons on secularism.
Brazenly undermining institutions, particularly the CBI, will be some of this outgoing government's lasting achievements.
Update: April 29: More Brazenness
Apr 28, 2009