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Monday, July 26, 2010 01:19:22 PM, PTI
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today rejected the BJP charge of government misusing the CBI in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case and said the Centre had not tried to influence the investigation process in any way.
"Well, there is no truth in that (BJP charge). The opposition knows it jolly well. This Sohrabuddin case is a Supreme Court-directed investigation", the Prime Minister said.
Stating that the Central government has no hand in it, he said, "It has not tried to influence the investigation process in any way. I repeat categorically in any way."
The Prime Minister was speaking with reporters in Parliament House on the first day of the Monsoon Session.
Following the arrest of former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah yesterday in the Soharabuddin case, BJP had accused the CBI of working in a partisan manner by targeting Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh ruled by it, and ignoring the Andhra Pradesh angle in the fake encounter case as the Congress is in power in that state.
"Sohrabuddin Sheikh was a terrorist from whose premises in Indore AK-47s were recovered. He used to operate an inter-state gang. Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are under CBI radar but the Andhra Pradesh angle (in the fake encounter case) is not being investigated at all as Congress is in power there", BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad had said.
"Amit Shah has already resigned and will go through the process of law. But BJP's allegation of gross misuse of CBI by the government is too well-known," Prasad had said.
"The entire case against Shah is based upon sweeping investigations by CBI without any legally sustainable evidence. This motivated investigation would boomerang on the Congress," he had said.
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