New Delhi, Oct. 1: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley has alleged that the Centre is bent on “misusing” investigative agencies to “falsely implicate” Narendra Modi as “defeat” is “staring the Congress in the face”.
The Rajya Sabha Opposition leader demanded that a committee headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge probe “charges of politicisation and motivated investigations”.
Jaitley made the claims in an interaction with some journalists here this morning and later released a letter he had sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on September 27.
His 15-page missive listed eight cases, almost all related to Gujarat. These included the Sohrabudin, Tulsi Prajapati and Ishrat Jahan encounters. Specific mention was made of D.G. Vanzara, a senior Gujarat officer now in prison over some of the cases.
Jaitley’s letter says the Congress has set up a “political cell” comprising of Union ministers and party functionaries to pursue cases against RSS and BJP leaders.
He alleged that a retired Gujarat cadre officer (Kuldeep Sharma) had been “subsumed” as Union home minister Sushil Shinde’s adviser.
“He (Sharma) has no role in running the ministry but only co-ordinates efforts to implicate Gujarat leaders. He meets the family members of imprisoned police officers, strikes bargains with them for promising them freedom in response to false statements.”
“Officers of the investigative agencies have been visiting jails and meeting imprisoned officers privately to strike bargains. This is part of the series of unlawful activities being carried out by investigative agencies under the UPA,” Jaitley alleged.
He flagged the Vanzara case as a specific example, saying it was apparent from the chargesheet against the officer that he had “actively co-operated” with the central Intelligence Bureau in anti-terror operations.
He alleged that the Congress’s strategy was to implicate Vanzara in these cases and then “pressure him to make false statements”.
Although he did not name Sharma, Jaitley said the retired officer was tasked with “inducing” Vanzara to implicate Gujarat BJP leaders, particularly Modi and his aide Amit Shah. But the “project”, Jaitley said, was “not successful” so far.
Vanzara had alleged in his resignation letter sent from jail last month that while he languished in prison for six years, his political masters were reaping the “political dividends” of “state-sanctioned” actions. He was especially critical of Shah as Modi’s former junior home minister.