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We-Care-A-Damn spelt with an F



That, perhaps, is the government’s answer in the handling of the Mumbai Police Commissioner’s appointment. It may take a hard-nosed investigating team (perhaps the one on the Sheena Bora case?) to get them to say more   

Whatever the stated intention of the Maharashtra government, in ‘routinely’ reassigning roles of two competent senior police officers, it speaks only of two things. Inept communication and non-verbal posturing indicating We-Care-A-Damn (henceforth abbreviated to WCAD).

And in its refusal to acknowledge and accept its blundering, it has caused immense damage.  Tick messing reputations. Double tick destroying careers.

With a young and able Chief Minister in Maharashtra, one hopes for better governance and astute decision-making. However, recent decisions reflect quite the contrary.

What is worrying is the apparent stubborn WCAD attitude. The latest decision is a case in point. In the abrupt transfer of the Police Commissioner, the government has raised a plethora of troubling questions. These are but just ten of them which, comprehensively and convincingly, the government needs to answer.

  1. When Maria was to routinely be transferred end September, what was the hurry with only 20 days to spare?

The Home Secretary said:  We didn’t want to transfer him in the middle of the festival season and create a vacuum in the CP office a-la the previous occasion.

This begs the supplementary question: Could the government not have held Maria back till the festival season was over, given that the Government insists it had no issues with his competency. Isn’t the existing officer better placed to handle Mumbai’s festival season than someone who would be just a week old in the hot seat?

Answer: WCAD

  1. If the post of the CP (currently being held by an Additional DG ranking officer, which Maria was till recently) was being upgraded to that of a DG ranking officer, then pray why did they not continue with Maria himself? Haven’t other officers stayed in the same job beyond their tenure earlier?

Answer: WCAD

  1. If this was such a ‘routine transfer’, why was it done in a hush-hush manner and Maria informed of it the same morning or possibly the previous night? Or are HR protocols and niceties not part of thick- skinned politics?

Answer: WCAD.

  1. Javed, a highly competent officer in his own capacity and with much experience in Mumbai too, retires a few months from now. When a government claims to be talking long term, why did they bring in someone with a short term in mind? Doesn’t Mumbai deserve someone with a longer tenure or do we have a paucity of competency?

Answer: WCAD

  1. By upgrading the position of CP to that of a DG, haven’t you distanced the goal post for so many IPS officers of the rank of Spl IGs and fresh Addl DGs? For those who dreamt of becoming CP in five years, it will now take ten years. Or will the rules keep changing to please whims?

Answer: WCAD

  1. By booting Maria out and then bringing him back to head a particular case (you once questioned why the CP is showing interest in one particular case and now you endorse his ‘interest’ by assigning it back to him), what signal are you sending to the new CP? We trust you, Mr. Commissioner but…?

Answer: WCAD

  1. Whom does Maria report to for the Sheena case? The government? The CP? Anew extra constitutional authority being created for this one case? Whom does the investigating team report to? To Javed or to Maria?

Answer:  WCAD

  1. What are the grounds on which a new CP gets chosen among equals (equal ranking officials to be more precise? Don’t we have a right to know? Don’t THEY have a right to know?

Answer: WCAD

  1. Earlier, citizens knew how these decisions were taken. But can you possibly explain the rewritten procedure followed this time?

Answer: WCAD

  1. And what about the much celebrated hand-over of the baton from one Police Commissioner to another? Did that happen at all?

Answer: WCAD

The Chief Minister may be well-meaning but the methods of communication, both verbal and non, have distorted the message. Assuming of course he did intend well.






Just heard, ArGo is being roped in by top cop RaMa to ‘break’ IMu’s silence. Just also heard in another breaking news that an image of naMo whispering what was claimed a political strategy to his man Friday, during an election rally in Bihar,  was actually NaMo dictating a thank you letter to InMu for having diverted people’s attention from the laMo and SuSwa controversy.

The murder mystery of the day, decade, century, Lifetime, as each network has been working hard to piece together has managed to fill much newsprint and airtime, consumed a fair amount of coffee chai, pegs and what not.

Just anybody, everybody and nobody, is investigating the case. And as Tata’s, in their much famous brand line, say, ‘we also make steel’, here, apart from everyone else, cops say are on top of things. Except the case closure, I am sure.

That chief investigator and super top cop RaMa has not been able to slam shut the open-and-shut case and is far far away from it, is nothing but an open secret.

Somewhere, everything said by everyone is being doubted (everyone is lying, said one ‘source’ cop). But, it’s nice and fun to believe the media (and the multiple versions which are emerging. And so, I am also beginning to believe not just what appears in print and is shouted at through television screens, but also what is being spread through media first cousins, whatsapp. A whatsapp forward suggested that IIM A has been asked to figure out who killed cock robin. Sorry. SheBo. And help solve the multi-sibling-multi-marriage-multi-layered knotty affair. It may be true.

Amidst all this, I chanced upon one of the many exclusive interviews given by one of the exclusive husbands/partners to ArGo. The first time I had seen Argo be soft to anyone was to RaGa. The last time was to PeeMu (of the InMu murder mystery fame).

Obviously, ArGo treated SiDa with the same flourish as he would treat a congress spokesperson making a nonsensical speech or worse, anyone who dared to interrupt ArGo.

ArGo first queried, then questioned and then, after interrogating SiDa on TV, subjected him to a verbal third degree of highly irrelevant questions, forcing the latter to retire hurt, angry or both.

(For anyone who has missed this interview, switch on TiNo and you will be subjected to exclusive replays of this interview where SiDa dared to flip flop through alleged lies in front of the one and only Majesty ArGo.

Now as the case tapers to multiple dead ends, pun unintended (though the cops claim otherwise and the media is not unwise), here is a possible exclusive which ArGo and others can get. With suggested questions.


Interview one(Duration one hour) with a Bystander in Bandra who may have been present on the road when the alleged murder took place.

ArGo: Thank you for talking to me and becoming part of history. So you remember seeing the car as it was passing by and the murder taking place?

Bystander: I sell coconuts on the road and lots of cars stop by and go past. I am not sure what you are talking about.

ArGo: Do you remember a Corsa going past? InMu was sitting inside?

Bystander: I saw many cars and maybe in one of them there may have been InMu as you say.

ArGo: So you do remember that. Was SheBo dead by then? What about SaKha?

Bystander: I don’t know what you are talking about.

ArGo: Why are you lying? Whom are you scared off? Have you been paid off? Your bank account may be seized too. We will come back to you.

Even as the interview is being aired, the banner ticker flashes TiNo channel XXXXPLOSIVE. EXCLUSIVE. It has traced a Bystander eyewitness who saw it all.

Bystander Flip flops during an exclusive interview with ArGo.

( post script)We also have in our possession text clips of similar interviews of ArGo with InMu and the driver but, they are not being released as the content may hamper the course of the investigation.