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So much for our first Nobel

india Updated: Sep 04, 2007 00:04 IST

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If Only the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were as honest — far too honest? — about all the investigations that it is up to. Always in denial about coming up with nothing, the CBI prides itself as one of the best investigation agencies in the world “with a conviction rate between 65 to 70 per cent”. But it has just thrown its hands up regarding one mystery: the theft of Rabindranath Tagore’s Nobel Prize medal. It turns out that our super- sleuths have failed to come up with any leads in the case. Hmm.

The medallion, which Tagore had received in 1913 for literature, was stolen between March 23 and 25, 2004. That much is certain. A reward of Rs 10 lakh was also announced by the agency for anyone giving any information that would lead up to its retrieval. But, as things stand, it seems that neither the agency’s thoroughbred snoops nor its network of informants could get their act together. In short, the ‘Gurudev medal’ trail has gone cold. While one must commend the agency for brutally honest, could there be some truth in the fact that the agency is trying to cover up its ineptitude with a holier-than-thou attitude? We’re not going to hear the CBI doing the same with the Bofors and Taj Expressway cases, are we?

Since no explanation was given as to why the CBI could not take the investigation to its logical conclusion, we can only hazard a guess: the agency lost interest in probably because no political party thought it was important enough to keep the issue alive. And, with no netas to cry hoarse for or against the case, the CBI took the easy way out: announce a quiet burial. Only if there were MPs clamouring for justice by singing Rabindrasangeet in protest in Parliament.