Gadkari blames UPA Govt. of CBI’s misuse

July 26th, 2010 - 10:56 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party Mumbai, July 26 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Monday slammed the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the Opposition parties.

“The Congress party is using CBI as a weapon against the Opposition leaders to blackmail them, even it may be the case of Jharkhand, it may be the case of any other opposition leader, this is constant that the CBI is misused by the Congress Government,” said Gadkari.

Referring to the Sohrabuddin fake encounter and his wife’s murder case, Gadkari said despite directives from the Supreme Court, the CBI seems to be acting more at the behest of the Congress party.

“The CBI, which was entrusted by the honourable Supreme Court with the task of investigating the Sohrabuddin encounter, death of Sohrabuddin and killing of his wife Kausar Bi began to target the Gujarat government from the word go,” said Gadkari.

Earlier today, BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu had reacted to the statement of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh that the Centre has no role to play in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case probe, and said the CBI had become a political arm of the Central Government.

On Monday morning, Dr. Singh said that there was no truth in the allegation put forward by the BJP that the CBI was the Congress Bureau of Investigation.

“I refute this allegation that the CBI is Congress Bureau of Investigation. The Centre was not misusing the CBI in the former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah case,” Dr Singh told reporters ahead of the monsoon session of the parliament today.

“The Opposition knows that the Sohrabuddin Sheikh case is a part of the Supreme Court directive and we are ready for discussion on any issue, and there are substantive issues to be discussed and legislated,” he added.

A court today adjourned former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah’s bail plea hearing till August 2 in Sohrabuddin case. Amit Shah had moved for bail in Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case.

Shah was sent to 14 days judicial custody on Sunday after he surrendered before the investigating agency.

Shah was first summoned by the CBI to show up on July 22. However, he failed to appear, and the agency issued a second summon with July 23 as the deadline.

Sohrabuddin and his wife were killed in an alleged fake encounter in 2005.

In March 2007, police said Sohrabuddin, belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba and was planning to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to avenge the death of Muslims killed in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

The government also admitted that Sohrabuddin’s innocent wife Kausar Bi had been killed by the police and her body burnt in an attempt to remove traces of the crime.

The Gujarat Government admitted that senior police officers were directly involved in the killing of Sohrabuddin, and his wife, Kausar Bi, in 2005.

The admission came as a result of the intervention of Supreme Court, which ordered investigations into this case. The CBI took up the case on directions of the Supreme Court. Earlier, the apex court had asked the CBI to probe if there was any larger conspiracy to the killings and submit the report by July 31. (ANI)

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