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Malign blitz, says Biswas

Former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) additional director Upen Biswas has accused critics and “vested interests” of hatching a conspiracy to “malign” him. “The arrest of five foreigners from my house on charges of drug-running is not a conspiracy. But the subsequent statements… of certain persons smacks of it,’’ he added, on Tuesday. Biswas named former Bihar chief minister Laloo Prasad Yadav, alleging he was in “violation of the Supreme Court” in demanding Biswas’ arrest after the raid.

“Laloo has compared his role in the fodder scam with that of mine in this case, violating a condition slapped on him by the apex court when he was given bail,’’ Biswas alleged. According to Biswas, the apex court had directed Laloo Prasad not to make any public reference to the merits of the fodder scam. He appealed to the CBI to move the Supreme Court to “quash Laloo’s bail”.

Biswas said he had fulfilled all the regulations in renting his house. He had not verified San Niang Thanga’s antecedents as “an employee of Mizoram Emporium”, named Mathani, had brought him to the house “several times”. Thanga, said Biswas, had introduced himself as a trader who would buy “materials” here and send them to Shillong.

The former CBI man had not noticed the five men’s activities. He stressed it was not his duty to keep tabs on them, adding that he had seen Thanga on the morning of May 17, but when sleuths raided the house that afternoon, he had vanished.

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