Reacting to CPI-M's charge that the CBI is being used by the Centre to frame one of its senior leaders in Kerala, Congress on Thursday said the oppostion parties begin criticising CBI whenever it suits them.
"It is a problem with all opposition parties. When it suits them, they begin accusing CBI," AICC spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters on the SNC Lavalin corruption case in which CPI-M state secretary and the then Power Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was arraigned by the agency.
After the agency sought permission to prosecute Vijayan, CPI-M Polit Bureau member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said the party would counter the "heinous political move" to use CBI to "frame" Vijayan in the case to settle political scores with the Left for withdrawing support to the Manmohan Singh government.
"If CBI has filed a report and they have asked for permission to prosecute, it must be on the basis of facts... And if CPI-M leaders have to say anything, they should say it in a court of law," Tewari said.