The spat between TV channel owner Dr J.K. Jain and the PM's principal secretary, Brajesh Mishra, has taken a curious turn. A new can of worms has opened.
Readers would recall that Dr Jain accused raw of describing him as an isi agent. He was denied the license to set up a tele-port with uplinking facilities. The home minister arranged a meeting between him and the PM that lasted two hours. Dr Jain got his tele-port. But that didn't stop him from continuing to expose on TV the ''misdeeds'' of Brajesh Mishra. The first instalment of the exposure was a damp squib. It was easily repudiated. Dr Jain was expelled from the bjp's national executive. His expulsion from the primary membership of the party is being considered. But this doesn't concern the public.
What does concern the public is how this crisis involving raw cropped up in the first place. A statement by the raw Employees Association provides the clue. Dr Jain was negotiating a collaboration deal with Pakistan's Jang newspaper group. raw considered Jang close to isi. It therefore advised the government that granting a tele-port to Dr Jain involved a security risk. If raw hadn't spoken, it would have failed in its duty. Dr Jain's negotiations with Jang did not materialise. He got the tele-port. The matter ended. But did it?
How did Dr Jain get his version of raw's report? Such advice is routinely passed on to the minister concerned. In this case it was information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj. Did the minister disclose raw's advice to party colleague Jain? Did the latter then, failing to distinguish between a ''security risk'' and an ''isi agent'', blow his top? Jain complained to home minister Advani. Advani confirmed the existence of the raw report. Jain's meeting with the PM was set up. The advice given by raw to the minister was for her eyes only. It was top secret. If the minister disclosed its contents to Jain, she violated her oath of secrecy. By confirming the report's contents, Advani violated his oath of secrecy.
If this version is incorrect, the government must explain how the report reached Jain. If it is correct, both ministers must resign. True, in this government just about anything goes. But this goes too far.
Laws and rules
Are meant for fools,
On a minister's chair,
All seems fair!