Criticising the J&K government's decision on a CBI probe into Shopian rape and murder case, the opposition PDP today alleged that it was yet another "cover-up" attempt to "bury the truth".
"The announcement by the government about transferring the investigation into rape and murder case of Shopian is yet another attempt to cover up the brutality," PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said, while questioning the CBI's impartiality.
Reacting to the announcement by State Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather in the Assembly, Mehbooba claimed that CBI's image had suffered a serious damage in Jammu and Kashmir "as a result of its failure to reach the truth in earlier cases like the 2006 sex scandal".
The People's Democratic Party leader alleged that "the CBI was being used as a tool to cover up atrocities on the people and the decision is yet another eye wash to bury the truth in Shopian incident."
Earlier, speaking during a debate in the Assembly on the issue, the PDP chief accused the government of trying to "systematically hush up the case".
"The refusal to register an FIR for 10 days was the first indication of governments pre-meditated plan to conceal the truth about the crime," she alleged.
Describing the appointment of Jan Commission which probed the Shopion incident as "a massive fraud" on the people, Mehbooba alleged that police was used "to muzzle people's voice".
She warned the government that it "must learn to govern in accordance with law of the land, otherwise it would be guilty of reigniting the flames of disaffection and alienation".