BJP on Tuesday said the bail awarded to YSR Congress leader Jaganmohan Reddy in a disproportionate assets case exposed the government’s “double standards” and its misuse of probe agency CBI.
BJP said that the bail to Jaganmohan raised several questions as he was kept in custody for 16 months with 10 charge sheets having been filed against him in a staggered manner over an protracted period.
Now,CBI had softened its stand against Jaganmohan and said it has not found enough material against him in seven of those cases,thus facilitating his bail,BJP spokesperson Nirmal Sitharaman alleged here.
He alleged that the government had adopted double standards and was misusing CBI.
Some cabinet ministers in the Andhra Pradesh government were also named as accused along with Reddy,but none of them,with the exception of M Venkat Ramana,had been arrested,he said.
“The double standard is clear also in the way in which CBI is instructed to handle cases related to Gujarat. The obsessive pursuit and harassment to please political masters stands out. Why does CBI not handle the Andhra Pradesh ministers similarly,both on disproportionate asset or on encounters?” Sitharaman said.
The party also mentioned the disproportionate assets case against Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and said he had now been “completely let-off” after the case took,”several twists and turns – depending on the urge of the Congress party – either to harass him or to ease the pressure on him when favours were required from SP”.
Asked if BJP was supporting Jaganmohan,Sitharaman said that is not the issue but alleged that Congress was definitely playing some game with the YSR Congress leader and it was clear that both were “walking hand in hand”.
BJP said that although a person may be incarcerated only for 90 days for custodial questioning,Jaganmohan was kept in jail for 16 months. The party added that the cases against him were staggered with the hope of influencing a by-election in 2012.
Sitharaman sought to know why Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul were silent on the issue of corrupt ministers continuing in the ruling Congress government in Andhra Pradesh.
She said Sabita Reddy,Dharmana Prasad Rao and Geeta Reddy were ministers named in the corruption cases who had not been arrested while Ponnala Lakshmi Narayana was now a witness.
“Today,letting Jagan off without much protest,but protecting the named cabinet ministers underlines the BJP’s oft-repeated allegation that CBI serves as a tool for protecting tainted Congressmen,” Sitharaman said.
The main opposition alleged that the gravity of corruption which prevailed during 2004-09,under the chief ministership of Jaganmohan’s father,the late YS Rajasekhar Reddy,in Andhra Pradesh,was coming out in the open now.
“More than six top-ranking bureaucrats have been arrested and some continue in custody even today. Can the Congress party speak on corruption anymore?” Sitharaman said.
BJP alleged that Congress had looted the wealth of Andhra Pradesh,protected its own tainted ministers and oppressed those who challenged them.
“The large scale corruption under Congress regime (in Andhra Pradesh),which funded UPA,is now completely in the open,” the spokesperson said.