By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday that said the Modi government is defeating the ‘ends of justice’ by ‘misusing and abusing’ the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as a ‘Captive Puppet’. It alleged that the central agency’s (in) actions in the case involving BJP President, Amit Shah is a textbook case of “unwarranted and illegal interference” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the process of law.
Addressing a presser here, R. P. N. Singh, Spokesperson AICC, and former Union Minister said the Modi Government is “directly interfering and influencing” politically sensitive high profile cases. Referring to Amit Shah case, he said it is unprecedented in India’s judicial history that the CBI has refused to file an appeal in a case involving a National President of the ruling political party as an accused.
“Not only this, the CBI is even opposing public interest litigation (PIL) by the Bombay Lawyer’s Association and others which challenges a politically motivated decision not to file an appeal on the discharge of Amit Shah in an alleged Fake Encounter Case of Sohrabuddin Shaikh”.
The CBI’s decision is all the more intriguing when viewed in light of the fact that the criminal case was shifted out from Gujarat to Maharashtra, he added. The central agency comes under the Ministry of Personnel headed by the PM.
On account thereof, Amit Shah was precluded by the Supreme Court from even entering the state (Gujarat) and had spent nearly two months in jail, he reminded and added that CBI’s counsel and Additional Solicitor General, Vikas Singh “preposterously and suspiciously” is opposing the PIL on the technicality of ‘time lapse’.
“These two instances bring out the stark truth of direct interference of PM, Shri, Narendra Modi is using CBI as a tool to defeat the ends of justice”.
Recalling the mysterious death of Justice Brijgopal Loya whose family has alleged that they were offered a bribe of 100 crores and a house in Mumbai by then the chief justice of the Bombay High Court for a favourable judgment in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case, Singh said Justice Loya’s replacement, had discharged, Shah’s discharge petition from December 15 to 17, dropped all charges against him within a month of Loya’s death.
It is to be mentioned here that the PIL for the investigation of Loya’s death had triggered the crisis in the Supreme Court as the four senior-most judges had alleged that the Chief Justice of India has been ‘fixing benches” for politically favourable judgment. Justice Loya’s case was given to one bench led by Justice Arun Mishra who withdrew his name from the bench after this controversy erupted.
The opposition parties have announced that they would bring an impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra.
When asked the stand of the Congress on the impeachment move of the CJI, Singh said, there are very important issues that have been raised by the Communist Party; this is something that the Leaders of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha will talk to everybody and make their positions clear after talking to everyone.
On the conviction of RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in another fodder case, Congress spokesperson said he did not want any comments on the court verdicts. Defending alliance with the RJD in Bihar, he, however said “the alliance is not with an individual but with a political party and it will continue.”
In reaction to the statement made by BJP leader Ram Madhav on the Naga Peace Accord, Singh said it is not surprising that the BJP has a double speak on everything.
“When we have from the Prime Minister to every senior Minister having doublespeak, if Shri Ram Madhav Ji is also having doublespeak as far as the Naga Accord is concerned, it is nothing surprising because they say something and they do something else”.