But the Government¶s prescription seems to be worse than the disease. This is because the Shunglucommittee neither has powers nor jurisdiction to conduct the most basic enquiries.Forget politicians, it does not even have the powers to call for records from an ordinary clerk.Suppose it calls for records from a particular department and that department refuses to comply.What powers does Shunglu committee have to enforce its directions? Does it have powers tosummon officers, politicians or contractors to question them or record their statements? Agencies like CVC and CAG draw their powers under various laws. Yet, they find it so difficult to gettheir orders implemented from obdurate and corrupt government machinery.CVC has repeatedly said that the government departments do not respond to its queries.How would Shunglu committee get its orders implemented? It would be foolhardy to believe that thebureaucracy would oblige just because Shunglu has been appointed by the Prime Minister.Money made in Commonwealth Games is believed to have allegedly travelled right up to the powers-that-be.Neither CVC nor CAG nor even Shunglu committee have either the mandate or the powers toquestion Mrs. Sheila Dikshit or Mr. Suresh Kalmadi or any other politician or to raid them.The money is alleged to have travelled even abroad. All these agencies will merely be concentratingon tenders and papers and questioning middle level officers who were merely conduits and doing thebidding of their political masters.To further highlight the irrelevance of the Shunglu committee appointed by you recently, let us firstlook at the state of various inquiries which are underway at the moment:
Central Vigilance Commission:
The CVC is looking into just about 18 contracts or so, as againstthousands of contracts and much bigger ones that have not been touched so far.
Central Bureau of Investigation:
CBI is also believed to be looking only at a handful of contractsrelating to Queen¶s Baton controversy. With the range of politicians facing allegations, CBI can beleast entrusted to do an honest investigation, as it is directly under the government and takes itsorders from the same set of politicians.
ED is looking into only foreign exchange related matters likecontroversies surrounding Queen¶s baton etc.
Comptroller and Auditor General of India:
One is not sure of the ambit of CAG¶s inquiries but bothCAG and CVC do not have the jurisdiction and powers to peep into the role of politicians.So, effectively politicians are out of all ongoing enquiries and it is believed that most of the money hasfinally landed with the politicians.