Sena at­tacks Modi govt again, this time with CBI bomb­shell

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Am­bar­ish.Mishra @times­

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.

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