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Rajendra Rathore being framed, alleges Jaitley

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CBI being used as tool by UPA Government, says BJP leader

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley coming out of Jaipur Central jail after meeting party MLA Rajendra Rathore.Photo: Rohit Jain Paras
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley coming out of Jaipur Central jail after meeting party MLA Rajendra Rathore.Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Monday accused the Central Bureau of Investigation of acting as a tool in the hands of the United Progressive Alliance-II Government at the Centre. The agency, with a history of harassing political opponents of the ruling Congress and framing them, has lost its credibility with the public of this country, said Mr. Jaitley addressing party MLAs and workers after visiting BJP Chief Whip Rajendra Singh Rathore in Central Jail here.

The CBI arrested Mr. Rathore, a former Minister and close associate of former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in the much talked about Dara Singh encounter killing case on April 5. Mr. Rathore is in judicial custody till April 24. “We will fight the legal battle. The party will remain united on this,” Mr. Jaitley said asserting that Mr. Rathore would soon be out of jail and in active politics.

“I have been a student of law all these years and I can see the inherent flaws in the charge sheet the CBI has filed against him. The incident had taken place in 2006 and only in 2008 when the Congress party made the case part of its election manifesto was there any reference to Mr. Rathore's involvement,” Mr. Jaitley observed.

He was accompanied by the newly elected Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan Bhupendra Yadav during his visit to jail.

Mr. Jaitley, the first Central leader to visit Mr. Rathore in jail, said he had been sent by party president Nitin Gadkari.

“It is a shame if on the basis of false assumption a person's freedom is curtailed even for a day,” he said arguing that the alleged involvement of Mr. Rathore in the case was on the basis of phone calls between him and the police officers said to be involved. “But what did they talk? It is a flimsy argument that the talks had taken place from an area falling under the same mobile tower,” he pointed out.

Talking to his party men, Mr. Jaitley said: “If anyone has done anything wrong he will have to face the law.” He charged that the CBI cases were only making the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh and Bahujan Samaj Party head Mayawati as UPA II supporters in times of crisis. “Why would they do this but for fear of CBI which has cases of disproportionate assets pending against both of them?” he asked.

Mr. Jaitley said the CBI cases against Chandra Babu Naidu and Jagan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh too were of a political nature while the agency's campaign against the BJP Government and Chief Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat had been relentless and malicious. The CBI was again used as a tool by the Central Government during the agitation for Lokpal, he charged.


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