Modi`s statement just drama: Congress

Last Updated: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 18:25

Bangalore: Congress Saturday dismissed as
"drama" Chief Minister Narendra Modi`s attack on the Centre
over CBI`s plea for seeking transfer of the Sohrabuddin fake
encounter case from Gujarat.

"Did not Modi feel insulted when the Supreme Court ordered
transfer of hundreds of cases relating to Godhra violence to
Maharashtra?" Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi asked at a
press conference here.

Defending CBI`s plea before the Supreme Court for
transfer, he said, "It is a total vote of no confidence in the
prosecuting agency of Gujarat government. Now he is talking of
insult to Gujarat judiciary."

Singhvi said, "Modi is known for grand standing. It is
nothing but sensationalisation and drama baji," adding "the
biggest insult was heaped on people of Gujarat when hundreds
of cases over Godhra riots were transferred to Maharashtra."

He charged Modi with practicing the "law of pressure
with an intent to derail investigation" in the case, which was
handed over to CBI by the Supreme Court after three years of trial
in Gujarat.

Despite pleas by Gujarat police not to transfer the
case to CBI, the apex court observed that the Gujarat
government misled it and prosecution was not objective, he
pointed out.

Singhvi also lashed out at BJP leaders for accusing
the Centre of misusing CBI saying "The BJP is saying it six
months after the case was transferred to CBI. The BJP is
practising politics of opportunism and committing contempt of
Supreme court."

Slamming the Centre and the CBI, Modi had said the
agency`s transfer plea was an insult to the judicial system of
Gujarat. He had also asked the Centre whether it considered
Gujarat as a part of "enemy country".

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 18:25

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