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Sohrabuddin case points to how CBI was politicised: Jaitley

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Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday targeted the Congress over the verdict in the Sohrabuddin case, asserting that it was a reflection on the politicisation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the previous government.

“More relevant than the order of the acquittal is the observation of the judge that in the investigation, from the very beginning, investigating agency did not investigate the case professionally in order to find out the truth but to divert it towards certain political persons,” Mr. Jaitley wrote in a blog post titled “Who Killed the Sohrabudin Investigation?”

Referring to Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s comment on the day of the judgement that ‘nobody killed Sohrabuddin’, Mr. Jaitley wrote: “It would have been more appropriate if he [Mr. Gandhi] had asked the right question, namely who killed Sohrabudin case investigation, he would have got the right answer.”

The trial court had earlier in December acquitted all 22 accused in the Sohrabuddin case, with the prosecution unable to convince the judge of its case and as many as 92 of the 210 witnesses turning hostile.

“Those who have recently shown a belated concern for institutional independence, should seriously introspect as to what they did to the CBI when they were in power,” Mr. Jaitley wrote.

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