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BJP demands probe into 'nexus' between CBI prosecutor, 2G accused

Posted on Feb 13, 10:30AM | UNI

New Delhi, Feb 12 : The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded a thorough and an independent probe into 'nexus' between CBI prosecutor and an accused in the 2G spectrum scam case.

The BJP said the Congress 'owes' a response to the people of this country as this 'expose' has ''led to further dilution of whatever little faith the people had on the independence of the CBI''.

''The suspension and registration of case against public prosecutor A K Singh by the CBI on allegations of collusion with the accused in the multi-crore 2G scam vindicates the BJP's consistent charge against the Congress-led UPA government of using and misusing of the CBI in various corruption related cases,'' BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said at a press conference here.

He said the ''shocking revelation'' of the CBI prosecutor allegedly sharing the prosecution strategy with an accused in the 2G scam case ''reveals more about the UPA government than the CBI itself''.

''The pattern of cover up by Congress on all corruption and scam cases is now in the open. Sometimes they use the investigating wing and on other occasions they use prosecution wing,'' Mr Javadekar said.

He said in the 2G case after much ''public uproar'', the government had ordered a CBI inquiry in 2009, but which ''never started effectively'' till the Supreme Court started monitoring it.

''The Congress strategy also became clear when they torpedoed the PAC report and is now scuttling the fair probe through JPC. Congress' consistent refusal to make Finance Minister P Chidambaram open for inquiry is also a part of the cover up strategy,'' the BJP spokesperson said.

''The BJP demands a thorough and an independent probe into this sensational and disturbing revelation of nexus between prosecution and the accused in the 2G scam case,'' he added.

Mr Javadekar said the BJP has already made a written submission before the Select Committee of the Parliament on Lokpal that the appointments of all advocates in the prosecution wing of the CBI should be done only after the clearance from the Lokpal.

The Opposition members today grilled CBI Director Ranjit Sinha regarding the removal of the prosecutor in the 2G case during a meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee going into the scam.

Mr Sinha is understood to have told the Committee, headed by P C Chacko, that the credentials of the purported taped conversations between CBI prosecutor AK Singh and Unitech Managing Director Sanjay Chandra were yet to be established.

The CBI had removed Mr Singh from the 2G spectrum case after he was caught in an alleged taped conversation discussing prosecution strategy with Mr Chandra.