CBI director's remark sparks row

Amit Shah's name in Ishrat charge sheet would please UPA, he had said

CBI director's remark sparks row

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Director Ranjit Sinha’s reported remark that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would have been happy if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Amit Shah was named in Ishrat Jahan case charge sheet has triggered a controversy even as the CBI issued a clarification.

A CBI statement said the agency is an impartial and an apolitical organisation.
“The director of the CBI has been quoted unfairly and completely out of context. In the Ishrat Jahan case, the CBI has done a fair investigation to the best of its ability,”the statement said.

“We conducted a fair probe and pleased no one. The CBI was under no pressure. No evidence was found against Amit Shah,” Sinha told a television channel. The BJP targeted the government, saying it is a “very important” statement coming from the director of the CBI.

“There was no prosecutable evidence even three years ago in Sohrabuddin’s case. The CBI obliged Congress-led UPA in its attempt to target the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP by charging and targeting Amit Shah,” BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Gujarat Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia said it was “unfortunate” that the CBI director, who enjoys so much of autonomy that his files cannot be seen by the officers of the UPA government leave aside the ministers, is making such a statement.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) president Sharad Yadav attacked the CBI chief. “Never before has any CBI director given a statement relating to political parties. This is happening for the first time. He should act as per the law. Who asked him to comment about political parties? He is the first CBI director who has given a statement relating to political parties,” Yadav said.

Another JD-U leader Ali Anwar demanded the resignation of the CBI director.  “If chief of a big agency of this country like CBI speaks in such a manner, he should resign first and a case should be filed against him. It should come out how many accused he let off and how many were booked for pleasing his masters. An FIR should be filed against him,” he said.

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