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High-profile cases: CBI chief rebuts ‘political motive’ charge

CBI chief Ranjit Sinha stated that the probe was delayed due to the legal process.

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published: September 19, 2013 4:13:07 am

CBI Director Ranjit Sinha on Wednesday rebutted allegations of tardy probe in politically sensitive cases levelled by former DGP Prakash Singh.

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In a letter to Singh,the CBI director gave details of the probe in cases related to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,BSP chief Mayawati,Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa,and the rail bribery and Ishrat Jahan encounter cases.

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Sinha wrote that it came “as a rude surprise that a person as knowledgeable and battle-hardened as you have chosen to cast aspersion on the functioning of the CBI”,referring to the former DGP’s letter to him on August 30. On the Mulayam,Mayawati and Jayalal-ithaa’s assets cases,Sinha suggested the probe was delayed due to the legal process. “How the CBI is to be blamed is for you to explain,” he said.

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On the criticism for not naming former railway minister Pawan Bansal in the rail bribery case,Sinha wrote,“…The fact that Mr Bansal has not been charge-sheeted may be a laughable move for you but according to legal norms as understood by us,mere proximity without active involvement with an accused does not constitute a piece of evidence suggesting criminality. Unfortunately,we don’t train our probationary sub-inspector… to first identify the person and then invent evidence to implicate in the case.”

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While rejecting the former DGP’s description of CBI turning ‘caged parrot to vulture’ in the Ishrat probe,Sinha wrote,“There was no acrimony among the parties and full cooperation was extended. The bogey of national interest in jeopardy and demolition of security structure was raised by interested parties to deter it from pursuing the investigations in the right direction. During investigation,regular meetings took place between IB,CBI and the MHA.

There was general consensus that guilty should be brought to book according to law.”

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