Union Home Minister Amit Shah has claimed that investigative agencies like the CBI and Enforcement Directorate have been working impartially and all the cases they are investigating have been registered during the UPA government except two.
join India Today Conclave In Delhi on Friday, Amit Shah said everything the investigative agency did could be challenged in court.
“In 2017, during the polls in Uttar Pradesh, a big female leader in Congress had said if they were obsessed with corruption, why wasn’t there an investigation. She was questioning us. Now they are speaking up when they are taking action,” he said .
The Home Secretary said the investigative agencies were not above the courts and any notices, FIRs and charge sheets could be challenged in court.
“They don’t go to court, why are they shouting outside? I want to ask the people if there are any allegations of corruption against anyone, shouldn’t there be investigations? All these cases, except for two, are in their It was registered during the reign. Not during our government,” he said.
Mr Shah said when there were allegations of fraud worth Rs 12 trillion during the 10-year Congress-led UPA regime, the government registered a case through the CBI at the time to keep the situation calm.
He said if there was any case of money laundering, the ED would certainly investigate.
“Who is stopping them from going to court? They have better lawyers in their party than we do,” the interior minister asked when asked about the allegations against opposition leaders by investigative agencies. “The agencies are working impartially. I want to tell everyone , you have to abide by the law, that’s the only way,” he said.
The opposition parties have been claiming that the government has been targeting its leaders through the CBI, ED and other investigative agencies.
The agencies have been conducting investigations against several leaders including former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, former Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, Bharat Rashtra Samithi leader K Kavitha, RJD leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, among others.
Sisodia and Jain are currently in prison.
Asked about the investigation into the Adani group, Mr Shah said the Supreme Court had formed a two-member committee of retired judges and each should go and present whatever evidence they had.
“If there is any wrongdoing, no one should be spared. Everyone should have confidence in the judicial process,” he said.
He said people should not make baseless allegations because they don’t last long.
The home minister said markets regulator SEBI had informed the court in an affidavit that it was looking into the matter.
“The Supreme Court has asked SEBI to continue the investigation, which is parallel to another investigation, and refer it to the Supreme Court. SEBI has been informed and SEBI has said that it is conducting an investigation,” he said.
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