State finance minister and a well known legal expert Chandrima Bhattacharya said the Enforcement Directorate should come out with a statement that whether the information leaked out to the media are genuine or false.
“If those informations are false, then the ED should give rejoinder or if they keep silent then it would imply that they are leaking out information when trial is on. This is unethical as an investigating agency as they cannot pass on information to the media when the trial against a person is on,” she remarked.
A resolution on the highhandedness of ED and CBI was passed in the Assembly today.
Mrs Bhattacharya added, “Never in the past the information during investigation was passed on to the media. Now, when notices to any person are served, the ED gives that information to the media,” she said, adding, “It is most unfortunate that the BJP has converted the investigating agencies into party offices and they work at the instruction of the saffron party.” Mrs Bharracharya said, unable to face the country politically and to demolish the opposition unity, the ED was being let loose to harass the leaders. “The people are watching everything and they will take the right decision at the right moment.”
Mrs Bhattacharya said the Guwahati High Court had given an order questioning the constitutional validity of the CBI. The Supreme Court upheld the Guwahati High Court’s order in 2013.
After coming to power in 2014, the BJP-led NDA government did not take up the matter in the Supreme Court and the matter was still lying before the Supreme Court.
“The CBI has become a tool in the hands of the BJP. The opposition leaders are questioned and sent to jail and they take months to frame the charge sheet. Finally, the leaders get bail. Their sole purpose is to harass the leaders and attach social stigma to their names.”
She said how many cases the CBI had solved in the past few years. In every court the senior officers have been rebuked by the judges for the inordinate delay in framing the charge sheet.
MLA Tapas Roy, who moved the resolution in the Assembly and which was passed in the day, said, “The BJP, over the years, has become a washing machine. All the tarnished MLAs of the opposition parties join BJP for protection and cases against them are immediately dropped.”
He added that despite BJP’s best wishes the opposition unity before the 2024 Lok Sabha election would be formed and the people of the country would throw them out of power.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee has over and again mentioned about the high handedness of the investigating agencies and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister seeking his intervention