BJP on Saturday joined Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in slamming the Centre for the CBI's plea before the Supreme Court to shift the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case outside the state.
"Judiciary in any state is appointed by the Collegium of the Supreme Court. Modi has raised the issue of suspecting a state's judiciary by shifting the case to another state. We understand his views," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here.
She was asked to comment on the statement of Modi that the move was an insult to the judiciary of the state.
The CBI, in its plea before the apex court, has demanded that the case be shifted outside the state on the ground that the atmosphere is "not conducive" in the state.
"Do you not consider Gujarat as a part of India? Why is Gujarat being treated as if it was part of an enemy state. Are judges of Gujarat useless. Other courts of the country are good, but courts in Gujarat are bad," Modi said in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Modi accused Congress of playing vote bank politics on the fake encounter case and blatantly using the CBI. "There is an attempt to pollute the environment of Gujarat. This is an insult of the judicial system of Gujarat... its judges... its lawyers," he said.