Sena attacks Modi govt again, this time with CBI bombshell
Mumbai: Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ on Sunday dropped a bombshell on the Modi government by questioning the Constitutional validity and legal sanctity of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“The CBI is the Centre’s illegal police force created to interfere in matters pertaining to the rights of states and relevant laws, and to browbeat the Opposition,” said senior Sena functionary Sanjay Raut in a signed article in ‘Saamna’. Raut, executive editor of ‘Saamna’, is said to be stridently opposed to Sena’s poll partnership with the BJP.
Referring to the recent arrest of key CBI officials by the Kolkata police and Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s high drama, Raut said the CBI was created in 1963 by way of a simple executive order which lacks Constitutional sanctity.
Quoting a judgement handed down by the Guwahati HC in November 2013, Raut said as the court has stated categorically that the CBI has no Constitutional validity, the Union government isn’t empowered to maintain such an agency.
N S Chowdhary, a senior Supreme Court lawyer had filed a petition before the Guwahati HC contesting the CBI’s legal sanctity.
The ‘Saamna’ editorial has come at a time when the Modi regime is locked in a fierce combat with the Trinamool Congress over the CBI’s role in the Saradha probe.
“The Guwahati HC has declared the CBI illegal. If the Centre wants to ar m the CBI with legal powers then it will have to bring the agency under the concurrent list of the Constitution…Until the procedure is not fulfilled, the CBI will be a centre of conspiracy, a body working at the mercy of those in power,” said Raut.