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UPA govt is using CBI to frame us: Opp chorus

UPA govt is using CBI to frame us: Opp chorus

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: February 24, 2006
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=88500

Introduction: Parliament Houses rocked by Express report on UPA asking CBI chief to explain Advani case

Both Houses of Parliament were rocked today with the BJP-led NDA accusing the Government of "misusing the CBI" after The Indian Express reported that the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), writing directly to the CBI Director in August, 2005, had demanded an explanation on why the agency had not appealed against L K Advani's discharge in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Waving copies of The Indian Express, BJP members forced repeated adjournments, saying the Government was "influencing" the CBI and adopting different yardsticks for cases. Both Houses were adjourned shortly after they resumed for the post-lunch session.

BJP leaders said that in Advani's case, the Government had sought explanations from CBI on its handling of the case but in the Ottavio Quattrocchi case, it had claimed it did not interfere in the functioning of the CBI and was unaware of the decision to defreeze the London bank accounts of the Bofors case accused.

In Lok Sabha, BJP leader V K Malhotra drew attention to The Indian Express report, saying the Government's actions were "atrocious" and "preposterous". He accused the Government of "deliberately lying" when it said it did not know about the defreezing of Quattrocchi's bank accounts. "But the PMO has written to the CBI to implicate the Opposition," he said.

As Opposition members moved to the well of the House, demanding the PM's resignation on the issue, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi rose to speak but was shouted down.

In Rajya Sabha, Jaswant Singh said while Quattrochhi was allowed "to go free", the Government had sought an explanation from CBI on why action was not taken against Advani. "This is blatant partisan conduct," he said. He sought a clarification from the Prime Minister on the issue.

Even the PM's reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in the Lok Sabha was almost drowned in the din.

Only a clarification, claims Govt

NEW DELHI: Under Opposition fire, the Govt today said it had only sought a "clarification" from CBI on L K Advani's discharge in the Babri case. "The letter only sought a clarification as to why a revision petition cannot be filed in the Supreme Court. Where is the interference?" Minister of State for Home S P Jaiswal said.

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