D. Raja questions timing of CBI raid at Stalin's residence

New Delhi, Mar. 21 : Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D. Raja on Thursday questioned the timing of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid at DMK leader M.K. Stalin's residence in Chennai, and sought an explanation from the Congress-led UPA Government.

Raja said the timing of CBI raid or investigation raises several serious questions.

"It can be one of the classic cases of misuse of CBI for political purposes or it can be one of the classic cases of political vendetta. Of course, it is possible that the CBI must be having a credible evidence for such an investigation or for such a raid, but the timing. Why CBI did not act earlier? The CBI could have acted sometime afterwards. Why CBI has chosen this time?" he asked.

Raja said the timing of CBI investigation or raid needs to be explained by the government.

"That is why the opposition parties are always apprehensive of the misuse of CBI for political purposes. Now, it justifies what the opposition parties are saying. And this is really a serious issue since the DMK was part of the government. There was no raid so far, suddenly the raids and investigations of the CBI have begun. So, the timing is very important," he added.

Raja further alleged that this move of the government could also be seen as a message to Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) or Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

"I also can add that does the government think such a CBI raid or CBI investigation can send a message to SP, BSP, such parties who are trying to bail out the government," he said.

Stalin, whose residence in Chennai was searched by the CBI in connection with alleged illegal import of cars here this morning, termed the latest developments to be a 'political vendetta'.

"You see for yourself. The raids took place just two days after we quit the UPA," he said.

The raids at Stalin's residence took place two days after the DMK formally withdrew its support to the UPA alliance.

The DMK on Tuesday withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.

A five-member DMK delegation headed by T.R. Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M. Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee at 10.30 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.

This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.

With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha.

--ANI (Posted on 21-03-2013)

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