press trust of india
NEW DELHI, 19 JUNE: BJP today accused Congress of misuse and manipulation of CBI to target it in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, which it termed as a “political conspiracy”.
The BJP alleged the UPA government was playing politics on serious issues like terrorism and corruption. The Opposition party said while all encounters across the country were termed as genuine by the investigating agency, only those happening in Gujarat were touted as “fake”.
“CBI is acting as a private militia of Congress party in so far as the Ishrat Jahan case is concerned. The whole case is a political conspiracy to discredit the anti-terror machinery of central and state government,” BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters.
She said the High Court has in its recent verdict questioned CBI’s timing of the charge-sheet. “It proves political conspiracy … this is a well-hatched conspiracy,” she said.
“In this case, like in several other cases, CBI is again being misused and manipulated by the Central government,” she said while questioning the change of affidavit in the Ishrat Jahan case by the Intelligence Bureau.
“On whose instructions the affidavit was changed?" she asked, adding “CBI should also probe who called for a change in the affidavits. Agencies don’t change their affidavits due to change of officials or ministers.”