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Sohrabudin case: Arun Jaitley flays Congress, CBI

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2010 21:49 IST

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Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Saturday said CBI investigation in the Sohrabudin encounter case has harmed the federal structure in the country.

"Law and order is a state subject and CBI can investigate only central cases. It can investigate state-related cases only with the consent of the state government. But, this federal structure is not applicable to the court," Jaitley claimed while speaking at a symposium "Federalism, Law and order and Vote Bank politics".

Hitting out at the central investigating agency, Jaitley alleged that the CBI was involved in vote management in the corridors of court during the cut motion and nuclear deal debate in Parliament.

Jaitley accused the Congress of taking the country's politics in a different direction. "Congress may not win the next Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, if the complete rout of the party in the recent by-election is any indication.

"One should not be surprised if the next government arrests the present state home minister in the murder charge of a top Naxal leader who was killed in an encounter in the state recently. Human rights activists and some sympathisers have charged that the encounter was fake, but the Andhra government has stood its ground," the BJP leader said.

Referring to the turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, Jaitley said separatists have changed their strategy to target the Indian state through provocative mass action. "Support to local separatists groups from across the border to attack security forces and provoke them to take action was brought to light recently."