An officer of the revenue intelligence department was telling me how they select places to raid. "Let me begin at the beginnings, it is a long process and involves several parties."
"Please proceed," I said.
"Most investigations begin with a tip. For example, and it is only a example, not a fact, the Ambanis tip us off about under invoicing of some plant that Bombay Dyeing has secured," the officer said.
"Yes," I said.
"Bombay Dyeing then tips off the Indian Express of some under hand payments made by the Ambanis in 1983," the officer said.
"Interesting," I said.
"Ram Jethmalani proceeds abroad and tips off his foreign contact, who starts and investigations," the officer said. "Ajitabh Bachchan, who is abroad, gets a tip off on the investigation that is being conducted and tips off his brother, Amitabh."
"I see," I said.
"Amitabh Bachchan, naturally, tips off the prime minister on the tip that he has received from his brother, since the Bachchan always tell the prime minister every thing they do and hear," the officer said.
"I have heard about that," I said.
"The prime minister tips off one of, his aides, who tips off senior party members, who tip off other members of the party, who tip off Madhu Dandavate," the officer said.
"When do you come into the picture," I asked.
"Not yet," the official said. "Dandavate tips off a senior press correspondent, who goes back to his office and gives the tip to his editor."
"Does the editor publish it?" I asked.
"No, but he passes the tip off to his London office, which contacts the Hindujas and tips them off," the officer said.
"Right," I said.
"The Hindujas conduct their own inquiries on the tip off and send the tip back to the Indian Express," the officer said.
"After telling the prime minister," I said.
"Not necessarily, not if he is in Rajasthan," the officer said.