BJP hits back saying Centre must stop interfering in CBI`s functioning

Despite a word of caution from the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to the CBI asking it to draw a line between policing and policy making, the main opposition party, BJP, is not impressed.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Despite a word of caution from the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister to the CBI asking it to draw a line between policing and policy making, the main opposition party, BJP, is not impressed.

The BJP on Tuesday hit back at the Centre and slammed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s speech at a CBI conference, alleging that he was trying to pressurise the agency against probing corruption cases on the ground that it should not investigate policy issues.

"The country is disappointed with the speech of the Prime Minister at the CBI conference yesterday. Instead of assuring that there will be transparency in policy and implementation, he is trying to pressurise CBI against investigating corruption under the garb of policy," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.

Referring to the 2G spectrum scam, BJP said the government had given away the limited resources in 2008 at 2001 prices. "This was a case of fraud and not of policy. The government has built in corruption in policy itself," he said.

Javadekar maintained that in the case of Coal block allocations, the government had decided in 2006 that it will auction coal but allocated blocks arbitrarily to private parties.

"These need to be investigated and cannot be protected as policy as this is institutionalisation of corruption in the garb of policy. Moreover, the Prime Minister went ahead and justified corruption by saying when growth happens there is increase in corruption. This is unacceptable," he said.

BJP alleged that the PM`s statement is an attempt to bully CBI in public and a "veiled signal" to the judiciary as well.

"We condemn this justification of corruption in the name of policy," Javadekar said.

Lashing out at the PM for his comments on CBI`s functioning and autonomy, BJP member Subramanian Swamy said, "The Prime Minister is either ignorant or the stand has been taken in a state of panic."

He also added that economic decisions should be subject to public scrutiny. BJP also slammed the government for using CBI for its own good.

"Congress has misused CBI to shield itself from corruption. That has spoiled the image of CBI. Faith in CBI comes from its autonomy which has been compromised upon," BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

BJP also added that the PM should have given suggestions on how to make CBI autonomous. "PM should have spoken how on how to make CBI autonomous. In 2G case policy issues and criminality cannot be segregated," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman said.

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