BJP-NDA MPs accuse Govt of misusing CBI

BJP and its NDA allies on Thursday staged a protest in Parliament premises against the alleged misuse of CBI by the government to gain support of political parties whose leaders are embroiled in disproportionate assets cases.

Last Updated: May 06, 2010, 11:39 AM IST

New Delhi: BJP and its NDA allies on Thursday staged a protest in Parliament premises against the alleged misuse of CBI by the government to gain support of political parties whose leaders are embroiled in disproportionate assets cases.

BJP members from both Houses of Parliament raised
slogans against the government, accusing it of using the
premier investigating agency as a political tool.

Holding placards saying, "CBI is Congress Bureau of
Investigation", "Emergency is Back", "Phones are tapped,
nobody is safe", the leaders assembled in front of the Mahatma
Gandhi statue raised slogans demanding that government stop
"political misuse of CBI".

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said,
"This government has for long been misusing the CBI as a
political tool. They dangle it as a Damocles` Sword in front
of Chief Ministers and former Chief Ministers who have cases
against them."

Senior leaders LK Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha
Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh, Deputy
Leaders of both Houses Gopinath Munde and SS Ahluwalia were
among those present.

Jaitley alleged that CBI goes slow or fast against
leaders depending on their support to the government.

"The CBI becomes vindictive when the case of an
opposition leader comes up. This has been seen in the case of
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati or former Chief Minister
Mulayam Singh Yadav or even RJD leader Lalu Prasad. CBI is
being used as a bargaining counter," Jaitley said.

Shiv Sena MPs led by Anant Geete and Manohar Joshi,
and some SAD MPs also took part in the demonstration.

PTI