Towards the end of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s second term, as the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government weakened, the mood turned decisively against arbitrary use of the Union government’s power. The nakedly political way in which the ruling party deployed the Central Bureau of Investigation came under special scrutiny, with Narendra Modi describing the agency as the “Congress Bureau of Investigation”. The Supreme Court memorably called the CBI a “caged parrot”.


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