CBI and ED being used for political purposes: Opposition

ParliyamentOpposition Congress today forced two adjournments of Rajya Sabha proceedings in the pre-noon session over alleged misuse of ED and CBI against Chief Ministers belonging to non-BJP parties.

The Congress members sought suspension of business to discuss the alleged “unleashing” of Enforcement Directorate and CBI against Chief Ministers and former Chief Ministers belonging to opposition parties and the enforcement agencies turning a blind eye to alleged “nepotism”, “corruption” and “money laundering” by their BJP counterparts.

But when their notices under rule 267 were disallowed, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans. Anand Sharma said bonafide decisions are taken by elected Chief Ministers and the state governments for allotment of land and there is no state which is exception to this rule.

Without naming anyone, he said the central government, in “blatant” abuse of authority, was using ED to target former Chief Ministers belonging to the opposition parties and FIRs are being registered against them. His reference was apparently to the attachment of properties belonging to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and ED summoning him in connection with an alleged money-laundering case.

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Kurien said the wrong doings of Chief Minister have to be discussed in the respective state assemblies but not in Parliament. Dissatisfied, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House and shouted slogans.

As members like Tapan Sen (CPI-M) refused to make their Zero Hour submission in the din, Kurien said he was not to be blamed for it. “I am not responsible. If members are not behaving, Chair is not responsible,” he said before adjourning the proceedings for the second time for 5 minutes.

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