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CBI mum on Manmohan letter controversy

The controversial letter questions CBI's inaction over BJP leader LK Advani's discharge in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 21:46 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday refused to react to the controversy over a letter purportedly from the Prime Minister's (PMO) office.

The controversial letter questions CBI's inaction over Bhartiya Janata Party leader LK Advani's discharge in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

"We do not want to react on the issue now," CBI spokesperson GD Mohanty said. "We will choose to react when we want to. We have nothing to say now," he said.

However, sources in the agency said senior officials of the agency were holding a closed-door meeting to discuss the repercussions of the revelation.

They said CBI director Vijay Shanker and officials of additional director general and joint director ranks attended the meeting.

Sources said the meeting was called hurriedly after the Opposition raised the issue in Parliament on Thursday, stalling proceedings and demanding the Prime Minister's resignation.

According to a newspaper report, the PMO wrote to then CBI director US Mishra in August 2005 asking him to explain how and why no appeal had been filed against Advani's discharge in the case relating to his delivering inflammatory speeches leading to the demolition of the mosque on December 6, 1992.

The letter also sought an explanation on the internal mechanism of the investigative agency and its internal deliberations.

The August 2005 letter was the second time the United Progressive Alliance government reportedly tried to influence the investigations in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

The Government also tried to interfere in the case in December 2004 when a joint secretary in the PMO wrote to the secretary, personnel, raising similar questions. This had sparked off a political storm in Parliament.