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Amit Shah`s summoning: BJP says CBI reached `lowest benchmark`

Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 21:40

New Delhi: In the wake of CBI summoning
Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah in the Sohrabuddin encounter
case, BJP on Thursday said the investigating agency had reached the
"lowest benchmark" after indulging in "selective leaks" in the
media about the probe.

"The entire matter has been investigated by the Gujarat
Special Investigation Team and the Supreme Court appointed SIT
headed by R K Raghavan but Amit Shah`s name did not come up.
Now the CBI, after selective leaks in the media, has summoned
him," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
He maintained that the BJP wanted a fair investigation
into the matter and the authorities had the right to decide
what legal course should be taken.

Shah has been summoned by CBI in the Sohrabuddin
encounter case and is expected to depose tomorrow. A case was
built against him reportedly on the basis of phone calls made
by him to a police officer who was part of the encounter team.

Prasad accused the CBI of becoming a tool in the hands
of the Congress-led UPA government, which was "manipulating
the investigating agency to serve its ends".

"It has reached the lowest benchmark," Prasad alleged.
The CBI has a "very sad record", he said, adding that
this was visible in the manner in which cases against RJD
Chief Lalu Prasad and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
were handled keeping in mind the "political expediency" of the
ruling party.

He also mentioned the case of Bofors accused Ottavio
Quattrochi alleging that he was allowed to "flee out of


First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 21:40

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