BJP flays bid to gag CBI, veiled threat to judiciary

“Faith in the CBI comes from its autonomy. Why would the Congress want autonomy to CBI when it has been misusing it to shield itself and allies like SP and the BSP.”

BJP flays bid to gag CBI, veiled threat to judiciary

New Delhi : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday strongly condemned the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram for trying to gag the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and also issues a ‘veiled signal’ to the judiciary.

Reacting sharply to their sermons at the anti-graft meet organised by the agency, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said: “The Congress-led UPA government cannot perpetuate fraud and impropriety in the name of policy making to browbeat both the CBI and the Supreme Court.”
He said the UPA built corruption into a policy and it is now taking refuge that the CBI should not investigate into the policy issues. He said the UPA government sold the scarce resource of 2G spectrum in 2008 at the rate prevailing in 2001and went on to favour 140 companies with arbitrary allocation of 17 billion tonnes of coal reserves worth Rs 50 lakh crore by delaying the Cabinet decision in 2006 to bring a Bill for auctioning the coal blocks.
“Thus, UPA has become the pass master in weaving corruption into the system under the garb of policy and then tried to cover up all the corruption scams,” he said, adding that the worst is the Prime Minister’s attempt to justify growing corruption by correlating it with economic growth.
Also condemnable is the Government’s reluctance on ensuring autonomy to CBI, Javadekar said. “Faith in the CBI comes from its autonomy. Why would the Congress want autonomy to CBI when it has been misusing the CBI to shield itself and its allies like SP and the BSP from corruption.”
“Had the Congress government and its ministers ensured transparency, accountability and probity in each and every policy measure they had taken, scams like 2G, Coalgate, CWG, etc. would not have happened. Thus it would be better if the Congress sheds its hypocrisy at once,” Javadekar added.

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