Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Tuesday condemned the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) decision to give a clean chit to Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi, the lone surviving suspect in the Bofors gun payoff case, and alleged that the Congress-led government was misusing the investigating agency.
"Congress misusing the CBI for its own interest has been evident. And now the CBI's decision to remove Ottavio Quattrocchi from its list of wanted persons has once again unmasked the Congress," Mayawati told reporters at a press conference here.
Terming the CBI's decision as "unfortunate", Mayawati demanded that the central government ensure that the investigating agency takes back its decision so that strict action could be taken against the accused.
She also accused the Congress of "influencing" the CBI after which the agency gave a clean chit to Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.
"By misusing the CBI, the Congress protects its corrupt leaders and targets its political opponents. Its (Congress) leaders are blatantly announcing that they can use CBI against political rivals for their own interest," Mayawati said.
The chief minister also attacked the Congress-led central government for ignoring the development of her state.
She alleged that the central government's claims of having provided financial assistance to Uttar Pradesh were false.
"It becomes evident with the fact that the central government has yet not released the special relief package of Rs.80, 000 crore (Rs.800 billion) we had sought several months ago.
"The Congress-led central government has not provided any separate financial package to Uttar Pradesh," she added.