Central administrative tribunal calls IB 'chicken'

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    Central administrative tribunal calls IB 'chicken' after SC dubs CBI as 'caged parrot'

    CHENNAI: At a time when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was dubbed a "caged parrot" by the Supreme Court, the Intelligence Bureau has been called a "chicken" and an Augean Stable requiring systematic clean-up. "It is like a chicken. A bird? — Yes. Can it fly? — No", commented the Bangalore bench of the central administrative tribunal (CAT).

    It also directed the Union Cabinet secretary to head a nine-member panel comprising secretaries of law, personnel, foreign, home, finance and defence ministries, besides two additional solicitor-general of India and the national security advisor, to bring about integral competency and specific accountability of all intelligence services.

    Passing orders on a woman IPS officer's application against her repatriation to her cadre, the bench said the IB, which is in the middle of celebrating its centenary, had been following a pattern for 100 years which is "ludicrous to the extreme and is opposed democratic polity". "Suffice it to say that the Aagean Stables have to be thoroughly and systematically cleaned," observed the bench comprising judicial member KB Suresh and administrative member Naresh Gupta.

    NB Bharathi, a 1998 batch IPS officer of Odisha cadre, was with the IB on deputation. She filed the present application in the CAT, after she was sought to be repatriated to her parent cadre due to her apparent "maladjustment or lack of adjustment" to the IB's work culture.

    While quashing Bharathi's repatriation and calling it malicious and malafide, the bench tracked the origin of the IB and said, "The IB was baptized to operate and sustain the imperial interest. The Raj masters used the IB basically for political spying on different political parties, leaders and their private lives, and human weaknesses. It organized surveillance on suspected subjects and maintained extensive dossiers on them."

    Noting that only a British national headed the IB and all important departments in the organization and native Indians were employed at subordinate level, the bench said. "almost the same principles seem to be followed even today, as only IPS officers head higher posts and responsibilities."

    Decrying the deputation culture, wherein IPS officers occupy the top rung of the IB, the bench said only assistant central intelligence officers (ACIO-II) are recruited directly through a rather strict system of entrance and aptitude tests. It called for revival of the "healthy practice" of getting deputationists from state police, at the cutting edge level of sub-inspectors, inspectors and deputy superintendents of police, and said, "This needs to be revived urgently especially in larger metropolitan areas as the maintenance of an umbilical chord between field policing and internal security & intelligence work remains vital, particularly for effective counter terrorism tasks."

    Defence service personnel too should be considered, the bench said, adding that at least 50% of the posts must be reserved for rank promotees.

    The Centre was yet to have any order, blue print or action plan or any kind of serious debate about the reorganization of IB, the bench said, adding, "There was no philosophized and conceptualized intelligence organization to respond appropriately to the new security challenges of free India and such an organization was also never contemplated."

    It also suggested formation of a "brain trust" drawn from government departments or public sector companies dealing with electronics, nuclear or bio-technology matters to sift, interpret or assess the raw data provided by intelligence periodically.

    Central administrative tribunal calls IB 'chicken' after SC dubs CBI as 'caged parrot' - The Times of India
     
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