Indian opposition BJP protests government probe of member politician

20:07, July 23, 2010      

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Agitated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) summoning its Gujarat Minister Amit Shah for questioning in a criminal case, India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Friday rejected a dinner invitation from Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Amit Shah, Minister of State for Home in Narendra Modi's state government of Gujarat, has been asked to appear before the CBI in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case of 2005.

Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, were killed in 2005 by the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad.

The Gujarat government admitted in court that the police's original claim that Sohrabuddin was a Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist who planned to assassinate Narendra Modi was false.

Later CBI said it had phone records that showed Shah was in touch with the policemen who allegedly murdered Sohrabuddin.

The policemen were in jail now.

Describing the summoning of Amit Shah as the "shameless misuse of the CBI for political benefit", senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Nitin Gadkari and Sushma Swaraj skipped a lunch function hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"The atmosphere is too bitter for us to lunch with the PM," Sushma Swaraj told reporters here.

The BJP alleged that the timing of the Amit Shah episode was critical. It came just before the beginning of the monsoon session of the Parliament.

"The acts are concocted and false", another BJP leader Arun Jaitley said.

Jaitley said the government was "using the CBI to trap political opponents and to save its own people."

"CBI is following a political agenda on baseless facts," he further added.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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