It was a BJP protest against the "misuse" of CBI but senior party leaders today shied away from taking the name of Gujarat Minister Amit Shah arrested by the agency recently in connection with the Sohrabuddin encounter killing case.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, BJP General Secretary Vijay Goel and Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra addressed the protest outside CBI headquarters but none of them mentioned Shah.
They alleged the Congress was using the agency to destabilise the Gujarat government.
None of them also took the name of Sohrabuddin though they accused the Centre and CBI of targeting the officials and leaders for the killing of a "terrorist".
46-year-old Shah was arrested on July 26 and chargesheeted by the CBI for his alleged involvement in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. BJP had termed Shah as a "victim" of a "political conspiracy" hatched by Congress.
Jaitley, who spoke for about ten minutes at the protest, alleged the CBI has become a "political weapon" in the hands of Congress in the past eight years during which it started targeting BJP-led governments.
Without mentioning Sohrabuddin, Jaitley said, "the CBI has become political. There were evidences about the terrorist in three states. Without evidence, people were arrested in the case. There is an attempt to destabilise the Gujarat government."
Jaitley also used Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee's remarks in Lalgarh rally, when she said Maoist leader Azad was killed, to attack the government.
"Your Minister is supporting Maoists. Mamata Banerjee has said that the Maoist leader was killed in a fake encounter. It is your Minister who is saying this. Will you include Andhra Pradesh Home Minister's (Sabita Reddy) name in the case? Will you include Union Home Minister's (P Chidambaram) name. Is it only for Gujarat?"
He alleged that the small parties like Samajwadi Party, BSP and RJD were being pressurised to support the government.
"A sword is above their heads. CBI was after Mulayam Singh Yadav and when the no-confidence motion came in Parliament in 2008, the CBI said they will reconsider the case. Similarly this year during cut motion, BSP changed tracks," Jaitley said.
Goel alleged that the CBI has become "Congress Bachao (Save Congress) Institution". "If the smaller parties are supporting Congress, then their cases are being put in cold storage. When they withdraw support, the cases re-emerge," he claimed.
He said the Congress through the CBI, which was set up on April one, was making "fool" of the countrymen.