'Raj govt has never interfered in CBI probe'



Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday said that the government has never interfered in the CBI investigations of Dara Singh encounter and Bhanwari Devi abduction and murder cases.

"Investigation in Dara Singh encounter case was ordered by the Supreme court and the state government has no role in this," Gehlot told reporters in the assembly premises here.

"Leader of opposition is levelling false allegations on the state government because she is disturbed with pro-people budget. The budget is excellent and each section of the society is satisfied so the BJP is frustrated," he said.

Gehlot pointed out that the state government had written to the CBI for investigation into Dara singh encounter case in the past but the matter was not taken up and then the CBI inquiry was ordered by Supreme Court.

"A former minister of the former government (headed by Raje) also said that the role of then chief minister should be investigated in this case so she is trying to defend herself by accusing the government," he said.

The chief minister said that since the matter is sub-judice and the CBI has submitted a chargesheet, the BJP should not make it an issue.

BJP Whip Rajendra Rathore was arrested on April five in connection with the fake encounter of liquor smuggler Dara Singh in 2006 when Rathore was a minister in Vasundhra Raje government.

PTI