Union govt peeved at spate of CBI probe recommendations from UP

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Lucknow, Mar 13(UNI) Union minister of state for home Sriprakash Jaiswal today said the present BSP government in Uttar Pradesh is trying to pass the buck to the Centre by recommending a CBI probe in all non-serious and controversial issues.

''CBI is a premier investigative agency of the country and recommendation of non-serious cases by the UP government was unfortunate'', he said.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr Jaiswal, said the Centre was yet to recieve the latest recommendation of CBI probe into the controversial CD case.'' We can comment on it only after going through the recommendation'', he added.

Taking strong note of the Mayawati government's recommendation in about eight cases to the CBI, he said the CBI probe was required only when the case involved investigation outside the state.

''Recommendation of cases like Police recruitment scam and the Sashi Rani case to the CBI prove that the state government only wants to pass the buck on the Centre as both the cases are of state nature'', he claimed.

To a poser on giving more power to the CBI like the FBI, the minister said CBI is powerful enough to conduct an impartial probe in any case.

However, the Congress MP from Kanpur was very critical about the utilisation of central funds by the state government.'' The Mayawati government should ensure proper utilisation of the central funds for the uplift of the poor, Dalits, minorities and others'', he said.

He also said as the Centre has now trippled the allocation of the state in the eleventh plan, it was the duty of the BSP government to 'honestly and sincerely' utilise the funds for the all round development of the state and society.

The union minister also congratulated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for presenting a popular budget.

Meanwhile, Mr Jaiswal said the delegate meeting of the state Congress would be held at Kanpur on March 30-31 where both -- Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party's general secretary Rahul Gandhi would be present.

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