CBI not Congress mouthpiece, says PM (Second Lead)

July 26th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday called for the smooth functioning of parliament while refuting the Bharatiya Janata Party’s allegations of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) being manipulated for the arrest of Gujarat minister Amit Shah.
“I refute the allegations against CBI that it is being misused… (it) is not Congress bureau of investigation. CBI is not mouthpiece of Congress,” Manmohan Singh told reporters outside parliament before the beginning of the monsoon session.

He was answering questions on the BJP’s allegation that the Congress-led central government was behind the arrest of former Gujarat minister of state for home Amit Shah in the 2005 killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in a staged shootout.

“There is no truth in that. Opposition knows that jolly well. Sohrabuddin Sheikh is Supreme Court-directed case. Central government has no role in it,” he asserted.

Singh said that the government had “has not tried to influence the investigation process in any way and I repeat it categorically, in any way”.

Manmohan Singh then called upon the opposition parties to let parliament function smoothly and hoped that the monsoon session will be “peaceful and productive”.

“We are here to debate many issues of national importance…Government is ready for every piece of discussion that the opposition may want,” he said. “We want the parliament to function smoothly… that is what the people of India expect,” he added.

He pointed out that several “important pieces of legislation” were coming up in parliament, which “will be the appropriate forum for legislation”.

“Views of parliament including members of opposition on all those pieces of legislation (are) very much welcome,” said the prime minister.

The women’s quota bill and the nuclear civil liability bill are among the legislations coming up during the current session.

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