Govt using CBI as Damocles` sword against vulnerable leaders: BJP
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 20:26
New Delhi: With the UPA weathering the threat of cut-motions by having SP, RJD and BSP on its side, BJP today accused the Congress-led regime of using CBI as a "Damocles' sword" against vulnerable opposition leaders, a charge also levelled by Janata Dal (U).

"Events of the last few days have once again proved that the UPA and the Congress are misusing CBI as a political instrument for their own survival," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters.

He accused the government of "systematically" using CBI in the last six years against its political opponents under a three-fold strategy.

"UPA has used CBI to whitewash and cover up offences against Congress and UPA leaders, keep Damocles' sword hanging on the heads of vulnerable opposition leaders particularly from BSP, SP and RJD, and harass opposition leaders not vulnerable to governmental pressure," Jaitley said.

Jaitley alleged UPA government had earlier diluted the Taj Corridor case against Mayawati in 2007, but when BSP was supporting the no-confidence motion against the government in 2008, the disproportionate case against her was activated.

"Suddenly in April 2010, a statement is made before the Supreme Court seeking to dilute the case of disproportionate assets against Mayawati when her support is required in the cut-motion in Lok Sabha," Jaitley said.

He maintained that the shadow-boxing between UPA and BSP stands exposed today.

JD(U) chief also hit out at the government saying it was using the CBI to rope in parties in its favour on the finance Bill.


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 20:26

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