Kolkata: The BJP has sought a "definitive
statement" from the government on the release of Pune-based
stud farm owner Hasan Ali by a Mumbai special court on Friday.
"We seek a definitive statement from the government on
Hasan Ali`s release and there is more to the issue than meets
the eye," Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley
said on Saturday.
"Although the matter is still in the court, what has
happened is certainly not free from doubt. We expect a
definitive statement to come from the government," Jaitley
told reporters on the sidelines of Mondal Presidents`
In reply to a query, he said that there was no difference
of opinion among the party`s leadership on the question of
removal of PJ Thomas from the post of CVC.
"The Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj flagged the
issue in the appropriate forum. The entire party stood by her.
The SC judgment vindicated her as well as our party`s stand on
the issue. Our entire party is united on the issue," he said.
Jaitley said that BJP was in talks with `several smaller
parties` in West Bengal on forming an alliance ahead of the
polls. "If we strike a common ground, then we can work
together," he said.
Referring to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee,
Jaitley said, "Her support to Maoists is not in the nation`s
interest and she cannot distance herself from the sins of the
Khan, alleged to have stashed over USD 8 billion in
UBS bank in Switzerland and made other illegal transactions
abroad, was arrested on Monday midnight under the Prevention
of Money Laundering Act. Khan is facing charges of massive
money laundering and tax evasion.
A local court yesterday rejected its plea seeking Khan`s
remand for custodial interrogation and granted him bail after
observing contents of some of its "confidential" documents.
The ED was left red faced as the judge said, "Despite its
arguments, the ED has not been able to demonstrate that a
scheduled offence has been committed in the first place."