Former CBI Director Joginder Singh on Thursday came out in defence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, insisting that the latter would never interfere in any probe by the agency.
Referring to arms dealer Abhishek Verma’s deposition before the CBI against Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, the former CBI chief questioned the reliability of a hearsay statement made by an “unreliable witness”.
Verma had claimed in his deposition to the CBI that Tytler “boasted” of having met former PM Manmohan Singh who in “turn would ask Director of CBI to get the investigation in his favour.”
“I have known Manmohan Singh for 23 years. He has never interfered in any department. You can put all the blame on him once he’s out of power, but he will not say yes or no, because he’s too much of a gentleman. His own house was attacked during the 1984 riots. He was the one who, when he became Prime Minister in 2004, threw out Jagdish Tytler from the Cabinet because of the allegations against him. Do you think he’ll go and tell the CBI not to take action against Tytler? He doesn’t interfere at all,” the former CBI chief said.
“This is a statement made by a third party being revealed in 2015. Abhishek Verma says Tytler told him this in 2008. The person making the statement is himself an unreliable witness, and is accused in cases,” said Singh. Verma is an accused in the Naval war room leak and other cases including cheating and forgery.
“I have not read the closure reports filed by the CBI in the case, but I think it is unfair. I would not agree with it. When CBI itself says in its report that Delhi Police is mixed up, then they should have got evidence of it and filed a chargesheet. I won’t name any director, but there are persons who seek post-retirement jobs, and that’s how post-retirement jobs go,” said Singh.
“A case was registered against Sajjan Kumar only after 21 years. What does it show? If nothing else, CBI should have chargesheeted the concerned people, and see what the court decides. The problem is that basically, police is a wing of the government and is not independent. There are only three bodies which are independent — the Election Commission, the Supreme Court and the CAG. The others are all wings of the government,” he said.