Congress comes out in Vadra's defence, slams BJP for ordering CBI probe
Fuming over the ordering of CBI probe into the Bikaner land scam, senior Congress leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said there was no point in ordering a CBI probe when clean-chit has been given to Robert Vadra in connection with the case.
Gehlot said the government was trying to manipulate public perception by raking up the issue and ordering CBI inquiry, reported news agency ANI.
The former chief minister said the CBI will not be able to find out anything as Vadra was not at fault.
A day after Rajasthan government wrote to the CBI for a probe into alleged land scams in Bikaner, Vadra called it an 'attempt of malicious prosecution'.
"Another attempt of malicious prosecution exposed. First, Rajasthan police filed an FIR on 26 August 2014. In 3 years, they filed the chargesheets, summoned documents, as also company officials, yet found not an iota of evidence. Neither the FIR nor the chargesheets accuse the companies associated with me in any manner whatsoever," Vadra said in a Facebook post.
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot had on Tuesday said that the BJP has been misusing the CBI, the ED and other agencies for political gains.
The state government had on December 31, 2014 cancelled 18 mutations (transfer of ownership) in Bikaner after allegedly finding them to be illegal. It was alleged that Vadra's company also purchased chunks of land. The land was illegally allotted or possessed in 2006-07 by some villagers, who were allegedly "wrongfully" shown as farmers, said reports.