On a day when the Opposition’s cut-motion to the government’s taxation proposals in the Budget dissipated with the RJD, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP backing out in the House, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley accused the government of using the CBI as an instrument for political survival.
“The CBI case against the vulnerable leader of the BSP appears to have worked at least in the political opportunism displayed by the BSP,” senior party leader Jaitley said hours before the guillotine.
While the BSP decided to support the government on the cut notion introduced by the BJP and the Left, the Samajwadi Party and the RJD backed out inside the House even as they kept opposing the government on the streets.
Jaitley said the CBI had become a political instrument in the hands of the government and had lost all impartiality and independence.
Attacking the BSP, he said that its speeches spewing venom on the Congress were entirely incompatible with its support for the government in the House.
Jaitley said that while the CBI was used to “cover up the offences of Congress and UPA leaders”, it was also used to keep the “sword hanging on the hands of certain vulnerable opposition leaders, particularly those belonging to the BSP, SP and RJD”.
“The heat of the case is increased or reduced depending upon the pressure required to be exerted on these leaders when a bail out of the government is necessary,” said Jaitley.
He said the agency was misused on cases relating to corruption charges against RJD, SP, and BSP leaders. He said that the agency was used to bail out the ruling party in the Bofors case and that against Ajit Jogi on the charge of buying out MLAs.
“For 26 years, the CBI has played games with this country by not investigating those guilty of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots,” Jaitley said.