Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 18 September
CBI has refuted allegations of adopting a selective approach in high profile corruption cases including of those of disproportionate assets against BSP supremo Ms Mayawati and SP chief Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Replying to former BSF Director General Prakash Singh, who had complained to CVC on behalf of NGO India Rejuvenation Initiative, CBI refuted the allegations of tardy probe.
“A person as knowledgeable and battle hardened as you have chosen to cast aspersions on the functioning of the CBI without taking pains to ascertain the facts from CBI where a large number of officers are known to you,” CBI said in a strongly worded response.
It questioned why only these politically sensitive cases have been raised whereas the agency is seized of a number of other cases which may not have “generated media interest but are equally important”.
Giving case by case rebuttal of allegations, CBI said the agency is doing whatever is required under the law.
“CBI is fully aware of its Constitutional and legal obligations,” it said.
The letter said the agency can proceed only when it gets enough evidence which is legally tenable. Mr Singh had alleged tardy probe in select high profile corruption cases including of disproportionate assets against Ms Mayawati and Mr Yadav.
In his letter to CBI Director Mr Ranjit Sinha, Mr Singh alleged that the investigating agency was “dragging its feet” in many cases.
“We are, however, dismayed with the functioning of the CBI in quite a few cases, in which the organisation has played it cool to the extent of dragging its feet. On the other hand, there have been cases where the organisation has been over enthusiastic,” it said.
Terming the letter from Mr Prakash Singh and others as a “rude surprise”, the CBI director listed out details of cases including that of Mr Yadav and Ms Mayawati and Ishrat Jahan.
In Mr Yadav’s case, he said efforts “have been made to ensure a fair, just and professional enquiry. Since the enquiry is under scrutiny and final action is to be decided, I am not in a position to disclose the details and the outcome.”
On Ms Mayawati’s case where Mr Singh had claimed that the CBI was waiting for an appropriate signal depending upon power equation between BSP and the ruling party, Sinha said, “The allegation is baseless and without any merit.”