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Updated: February 9, 2014 03:55 IST

CBI chief denies he made remark on charging Amit Shah

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A newspaper report quoted him as saying that the UPA government “would have been very happy” if Amit Shah had been charged in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has denied a newspaper report on Saturday quoting him as saying that the UPA government “would have been very happy” if the former Gujarat Home Minister, Amit Shah, a close aide of the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, was named as an accused in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case.

According to the report, Mr. Sinha vouched for the fairness of the investigation into the alleged fake encounter, adding that: “There were political expectations ... The UPA government would have been very happy if we had charged Amit Shah ... but we went strictly by evidence and found there was no prosecutable evidence against Shah.”

Denying that he had made any such remark, a CBI spokesperson issued a statement: “The Director CBI has been quoted unfairly and completely out of context. The CBI is an impartial and an apolitical organisation. In the Ishrat Jahan case, the CBI has done a fair investigation to the best of its ability.”

The CBI Director said there was no pressure from the Central government to charge Mr. Shah in the case. The agency had filed a supplementary charge sheet against a former and three serving Intelligence Bureau officials this past week.

Although Mr. Shah was questioned in connection with the alleged fake encounter case, he was not named as an accused in the charge sheet.

The BJP found ammunition against the Congress-led UPA government in the wake of Mr. Sinha’s purported remark. Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told the media: “It is a very important statement coming from the CBI Director. There was no prosecutable evidence even three years ago in the Sohrabuddin case. The CBI obliged Congress-led UPA in its attempt to target the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, by charging and targeting Amit Shah.”

While Congress leaders termed the statement unfortunate, stating that the agency enjoyed autonomy, JD(U) president Sharad Yadav criticised the CBI Director.

“Never before has any CBI Director given a statement relating to political parties. This is happening for the first time,” he said, adding that the agency chief should act as per law. Sabir Ali, another JD (U) leader, demanded Mr. Sinha’s resignation.

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If there is any truth in this very serious allegation against Mr.Sinha, even though news paper cannot provide solid evidence against him, In my personal openion, It is unethical to continue the post and Mr. Sinha should leave his post.

This will convince us that CBI is impartial and aploitical organisation.

from:  Jamshid Thalassery
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 14:18 IST

Not long ago Mr.Sinha pleaded guilty before the apex court that CBI has changed the contents of the drafted coal scam report under the pressure from law ministry and PMO. When DMK withdrew the support to UPA the very next morning the CBI sleuths raided Stalin and Algiri houses including several other places in Tamilnadu.Also leaked information saying documents pertaining to tax evasion were seized. One would not be surprised if somewhere CBI found to have a hand in the sudden surfacing of Kanimozhi and Jaffar sait audio tapes.These incidences speak volume about the apoliticalness and impartiality of the CBI.

from:  A.Thirugnanasambantham
Posted on: Feb 9, 2014 at 10:13 IST
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