Patna: Alleging that CBI was being used to
target "specific state governments", including Gujarat, BJP
chief Nitin Gadkari on Saturday demanded a JPC probe into the
working of the investigative agency, which he dubbed as
"Congress Bureau of Intimidation".
"While the nation is facing innumerable threats to its
internal security, government is forcing CBI to work for its
political designs. The CBI has become a tool of intimidation
.....The postmortem of its working is necessary," he said in
his Presidential address to the two-day National Executive of
BJP which began here.
According to party general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad,
Gadkari alleged that the CBI is "misused" by the Congress
against non-Congress leaders, including Mulayam Singh Yadav,
to suit the needs of the ruling party at a given time.
"The CBI is being misused in Gujarat where some brave
police officers are being dragged in cases....CBI is targeting
specific state governments. This is not proper," he said.
Gadkari said the government remains silent "even if there
are 70 to 80 encounters" in Uttar Pradesh. BSP, which is in
power in the state, had bailed out the UPA on the floor the
Lok Sabha with its 21 MPs abstaining from voting in the cut
"The latest disclosure by an officer in the context of the
Bhopal gas tragedy has reinforced our fear that the Congress
is continuing this strategy to cow down opponents or free from
our law their acquaintances - Ottavio Quattrochi and Warren
Anderson. This proves that their commitment is not for the
people of India. We in the BJP strongly demand a JPC probe
into the misuse of the CBI," he said.
Briefing reporters on the deliberations, Prasad, who is
also BJP`s chief spokesman, dismissed suggestions that there
was need for Modi to apologise to the nation for his alleged
role in the Gujarat riots in 2002 which took place in the wake
of the Godhra incident.
"This may be your suggestion. We are proud of the way he
has governed....the riots were unfortunate. You should also
remember the fact that of the 1100 persons killed, 200 died in
police firing," he added.