To be sure, the CBI raid in Arvind Kejriwal's office is odd and does appear to be politically motivated. But only a couple of years ago, he led the campaign to make the CBI autonomous. He had even said that Manmohan Singh must be investigated in the wake of the series of scams which beleaguered UPA II.
I, however, was of the view then, as I am now, that such autonomy is highly susceptible to misuse. It can be a monster in the hands of the government. Or when the government is weak, it can become an all-powerful police state by itself. While corruption is a terrible problem, its solution lies in governance reform, and not in giving the police unquestioned powers.
Moreover, Kejriwal's argument that he should've been informed before the raid was actually carried out is flawed going by the logic he himself would have invoked had he not been on the receiving end.
For instance, if the office of a principal secretary to the PM was to be raided, and the CBI would've informed the PM before carrying out the raid, would the Anna Movement or AAP not have cried collusion? Has Kejriwal the CM forgotten Kejriwal the activist's popular/populist assertion "sab mile huye hain"?
(This article first appeared on the writer's Facebook page.)