Govt rejects ex-CBI director's claims
A day after former Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director U S Mishra alleged that he faced political pressure while probing the disproportionate assets against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati, the government on Friday rejected his claims.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V Narayanasamy told media: "As far as the CBI is concerned, it is an independent organisation that has been working within its domain and no political interference from our government."
Union Law Minister Ashwini Kumar said there was 'no such pressure' on the former CBI director.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Venkaiah Naidu said the CBI has been converted into 'Congress Bureau of Investigation'.
"We have been saying right from day one that the CBI is being misused from time to time to harass political opponents, to win over allies, and keep them under control....Our views have been further confirmed by the views of former CBI director," Naidu told reporters.
Participating in a political debate, Mishra on Thursday told NDTV: "The fact remains - I won't hide it - that when we investigate cases against prominent political leaders, there are some influences to keep the progress report pending or present in a certain way."