The investigating agencies including Central Bureau ofInvestigation (CBI) are supposed to enforce the laws equitably,impartially,firmly and strictly. But unfortunately these havefailed to stormthe citadel of corrupt high and mighty, because oftheir ownconstricted mindset that they have to guard theprivileged. Theagencies, now-a-days, feel helpless, directionlessand in a wayalmost non-functional when it affects the higherechelons of thesociety, particularly in corruption related cases.
The author was awitness to a peculiar shocking drama of the arrestof the renownedspiritual leader godman Chandraswamy. When theauthor was asked toexecute at Madras the non-bailable warrantsissued by the ChiefMetropolitan Magistrate, Delhi since he was thehead (JointDirector) of the CBI's south zone. After a long hustleand bustlethroughout the night of 2nd May 1996, godmanChandraswamy along withhis associate was arrested and sent toDelhi by plane in the custodyof CBI team. The compliance of thematter was reported to theDirector Vijay Rama Rao, who thanked theauthor profusely forhandling the matter tactfully with utmostspeed. Unfortunately, thereward role submitted by the author forthe approval of the Directornever saw the light of the day. On theother hand, when the authorchecked up the status of the matterfrom Anand Kumar, JointDirector, he remarked, The warrant was sentto you, but you were notexpected to act. Such inside realities ofCBI have now become commonand it now acts as a tool of the rulingpolitical masters.
Afterjoining Indian Police Service, the authortraces the journey of hiscareer of nearly four decades from hometown Patna to Tamil Nadu,thereafter to New Delhi and back. Theauthor has highlighted manyups and downs faced by him initially inCBI and the importantcorruption cases including that of MsJayalalithaa, Chief Ministerof Tamil Nadu, Taj corridor probe ofMayawati, Assets case of LaluPrasad Yadav and Rabri Devi and many more.
While working in TamilNadu Police, he has captured thepolice history of that state fromthe 70s till mid 2000 in greatdetail. Law and order issues,Naxalism, caste and communal riots,LTTE, VVIP visits and majorbandobasts as well as big crimesdetected by the state CB CID andCBI are narrated with great gusto.
In addition to above, the authorhas a rich collection of anecdotesconcerning the investigatingdepartments. Some of these strewnright through the book make itinteresting, informative and sourceof inspiration for the futuregeneration of police officers andadministrators.