CBI director clarifies his stand on Amit Shah, says he was misquoted

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New Delhi, Feb 8: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director Ranjit Sinha on Saturday clarified to Times Now channel that he had been quoted unfairly and out of context in his interview to The Economic Times.

A massive political fight broke out after the interview quoted Sinha as saying: "There were political expectations... The UPA government would have been very happy if we had charged Amit Shah...But we went strictly by evidence and found there was no prosecutable evidence against Shah." [Read the ET report here]

The Congress and JD(U) hit out at Sinha over his remark while the BJP defended him.

Sinha said that the UPA would have been glad had Shah been charged

Later speaking to the news channel, Sinha said the CBI is an impartial and apolitical organisation and carried out the investigation in the Ishrat Jahan case to the best of its ability.

The name of Amit Shah, a close aide and former Gujarat home minister, was not mentioned in the second chargesheet of the CBI in the case.

[Read: 'UPA would have been glad had CBI charged Amit Shah']

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