It is not everyday that one finds a top government babu, outside whose office people normally have to wait for hours to get an audience, being marched off to judicial custody. That small satisfaction is available today, when one reads of the arrest and remanding to judicial custody of Sumathi Ravichandran, the politically connected and influential Regional Passport Officer of Chennai. The report of the arrest is here and an earlier post of mine here.
I once tried to contact Ms. Ravichandran on her office landline telephone for very bonafide reasons. After I had fully identified myself, I expected to hear a question from the other side about the reason for my call. Instead, I got the following response, before the call was terminated unilaterally “Wrong Number.”
It was evident to me that someone who said something like that on her work telephone had to be absolutely deceitful, and today’s arrest of the official by the CBI seems to confirm that for me.
In any case, it was a story that was plain as daylight to anyone who bothered to look at the RPO in Chennai. Strangely, the Chennai media was completely disinterested in this story.
Although it is impossible to catch all crooks in India by the collar, as the corridors of power are swept, mopped and waxed by them day-in and day-out, it is satisfying whenever that happens.