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Is Modi declared as PM candidate to scare CBI
Sunday September 15, 2013 7:20 PM, Mukul Sinha

In the past three years, CBI has been repeatedly called in to investigate several cases of corruption in relation to Common Wealth Games, 2G, Coal Gate etc etc. CBI has been under scanner of the Supreme Court and the media almost on a day to day basis and have been on the receiving end of literally every type of criticism from all quarters including the appellation of being a "caged parrot". BJP had never lost a single opportunity of criticizing the CBI if the investigation didn't pin down their target, whether it be a UPA minister or a Congress Minister. Even the Prime Minister was not spared. CBI was given the new tag of being "Congress Bureau of Investigation."

CBI being the premier investigation agency of the country, the people have high expectations of its neutrality and impartiality. But the fact remains that as the CBI is under the administrative control of the Central Government, the political opponents or the accused are bound to make allegations of political interference to vilify the CBI. It is equally possible that CBI is used by the political party in power to hit at its political opponents. But despite such allegations and counter allegations, CBI cannot abdicate from its statutory duty to carry out an investigation without fear or favour against all high and mighty, irrespective of all external oppositions or criticisms.

Apart from the cases of corruption, in the last three years, the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Gujarat have entrusted four cases of fake encounters of Gujarat to the CBI. The cases are that of Sohrabuddin-Kauserbi, Tulsi Prajapati, Javed-Ishrat and Sadik Jamal. In all the cases, the charge-sheets or the supplementary charge-sheets have been filed.

The Supreme Court has now merged the Sohrabuddin-Kauserbi-Tulsiram cases and over 45 persons are named as accused including Amit Shah the then Minister Of State for Home and DG Vanzara, DIG. In the Javed–Ishrat case around eight police officers have been charged including DG Vanzara and Additional DGP PP Pande. In the Sadik Jamal case where the investigation is continuing, around eight more police officers have been charged. In a recent letter by G Vanzara, he has categorically charged the CM Narendra Modi and MOS Amit Shah of inspiring, guiding and monitoring their actions in the fake encounter from very close quarters and that he and other policemen were only loyal soldiers of the Government.

Two more policemen, namely BA Patel and DH Goswami have also given statements deposing that Vanzara was heard saying that CM and MOS had given sanction to carry out the fake encounters of Ishrat-Javed. The aforesaid evidence would have been sufficient to arrest a common citizen but CBI has not even investigated the allegations being made by senior police officers are correct or not. Perhaps one of the reason for the great hurry to declare Modi as a Prime Ministerial candidate was to scare off the already scared CBI Director who very recently had been reminded by Modi in a public speech that their Bosses might change! Arun Jaitley has also been writing against the CBI in his blog.

The relatives of the victims therefore went before the public in Ahmedabad on 10th September, 2013 demanding CBI to take action against the CM. The CBI is yet to react. The relatives of the victims are however determined to carry their struggle forward and they still believe that irrespective of his new tag of being the Prime Ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi is not above law and if he is involved in the fake encounters, he should be prosecuted like any other criminal. If the CBI Director and the IO of the case fail to investigate, they may face the criminal charge of suppression of evidence like Geeta Johri who had refused to arrest Amit shah!

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