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Opposition can't abide misuse of CBI and IT: BJP

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) Accusing the government of using the CBI and the Income Tax department for ''supressing the Opposition'', the BJP today said that it could not remain a ''mute spectator'' to the ''blatant misuse of such autonomous organisations''.

BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra, talking to newspersons here, said while asking the CBI to explain why it did not take action against Mr Advani in the Ayodhya demolition case, the government had used the organisation get the London bank accounts of fugitive Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi's defrozen.

He was referring to a newpaper report today which said the PMO had written to the then CBI director U S Mishra asking why and appeal was not made in court against the discharge of Mr Advani in a Babri Masjid demolition case.

The premier investigation agency was denied permission to launch cases against Ministers and ruling party leaders like Mr Arjun Singh, Mr N D Tiwari, Ms Sheila Dixit and Captain Satish Sharma, the BJP spokesman charged.

The Opposition will raise the issue in and outside Parliament and ''expose the vengeful attitude of the people in power'', he said.

Strongly condemning the way the government passed the motion of thanks on President's address amid the din and chaos in the House, Mr Malhotra said never in the past had any government resorted to such ''mean tactics''.

The treasury benches, he said, had violated all decency and norms by creating hurdles when Leader of Opposition L K Advani was speaking during the debate, but expected the Opposition to behave when the Prime Minister rose to speak.

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