Gujarat BJP hits out at Centre, CBI over Sohrabuddin case

Vadodara: Gujarat BJP leader and MP Vijaykumar Rupani today alleged that the Congress-led UPA is using CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case to destabilise the Narendra Modi Government in the state.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the BJP would not allow the Centre to impose the President's rule in the state on some pretext or other.

The General Secretary of State BJP said the CBI is giving all kinds of statements though the Supreme Court has asked the Central agency to look only in the Sohrabuddin case, in which over a dozen policemen, including IPS offices, have been arrested.

CBI is trying to take over the functions of state police in violation of federal structure and Constitution of the country, Rupani stated.

The agency is only targeting Gujarat Police, though the police of Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, both ruled by Congress, are also linked to the case, he said.

The BJP leader said CBI is deviating from the apex court's directive while investigating the 2005 fake encounter of Sheikh, an alleged gangster, near Ahmedabad.

Rupani said the BJP would soon launch a statewide agitation to oppose the UPA Government's "anti-farmers" policies, especially the ban on export of cotton.

He said the party is gearing up for the civic body and panchayat elections to be held in six months.