The BJP Saturday latched on to CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s remark, as reported in The Economic Times, that the UPA government would have been happy if Narendra Modi’s aide Amit Shah was named as accused in the Ishrat Jahan case chargesheet, to target the government, saying its stand on the “misuse of the CBI” stood vindicated.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, “There was no prosecutable evidence even three years ago in Sohrabuddin’s case. The CBI obliged Congress-led UPA in its attempt to target the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, the Chief Minister of Gujarat, by charging and targeting Amit Shah.”
The agency, however, said its chief was quoted out of context and unfairly. “The CBI is an impartial and an apolitical organisation. In the Ishrat Jahan case, the CBI has done a fair investigation to the best of its ability,” it said in a statement.
Though Shah was neither an accused in the FIR nor his name appeared in the chargesheet as accused, he has been questioned twice in connection with the case as one of the accused police officers has named him.
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