CBI defends U-turn in Mulayam case

Feb 12th, 2009 | By editor | Category: In News, Nation

New Delhi: A day after being pulled up by the Supreme Court for “acting at the behest” of the Centre, the CBI on Wednesday defended itself saying it was bound by rules to consult the government before going to court even as political parties questioned the investigating agency’s credibility.
CBI Director Ashwini Kumar on Wednesday defended the U-turn of the agency in Mulayam Singh’s disproportionate assets case saying, “That is as per rules and procedures. Whenever we go to Supreme Court and High Court, we go through the government of India and through the Ministry of Law.”
Ironically, during the tenure of Vijay Shankar, Mr. Kumar’s predecessor, the CBI, in its affidavit had said, it was willing to place the status report directly before the apex court, instead of submitting the same to the government.
Reacting to the developments, senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi told reporters in Varanasi on Wednesday: “The credibility of the CBI has suffered a serious setback with the Supreme Court’s comment and has revealed its real character.”
“It proves that CBI has become an agency of the Union government. It is working at the behest of the Central government, which is using it for its political ends,” the BJP leader alleged virtually echoing SP leader Amar Singh’s claim earlier on Wednesday that the probe agency was being used as a tool and there was a question mark over its credibility. – PTI

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