Sea­sons change, Cong cau­tions probe of­fi­cials

‘Don’t Be Slaves Of Po­lit­i­cal Mas­ters’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK ED has in­ten­si­fied its probe into al­leged cor­rup­tion charge against Robert Vadra

New Delhi: With the En­force­ment Direc­torate in­ten­si­fy­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­leged cor­rup­tion charges sur­round­ing Congress leader So­nia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, Congress on Satur­day warned of­fi­cials of lead­ing in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies that pol­i­tics, like the sea­sons, changes.

Congress, which has claimed po­lit­i­cal vendetta in the probe into Vadra, asked of­fi­cials not to work like ‘slaves’ of po­lit­i­cal mas­ters even as the ED is­sued a state­ment say­ing the raids were based on war­rants and fol­lowed from two FIRs reg­is­tered in cases re­lat­ing to the busi­ness­man’s deal­ings.

Even as ED fol­lowed up on searches on premises linked to Vadra, Congress spokesper­son Ab­hishek Singhvi said, “Sea­sons change. Pol­i­tics is also cycli­cal. The of­fi­cers head­ing th­ese agen­cies should re­mem­ber that noth­ing is per­ma­nent. They can­not run be­have like slaves. The first change will be for all to see on De­cem­ber 11. The sec­ond change in sea­son will be wit­nessed next year.” Singhvi later clar­i­fied that his state­ment should not be seen as a warn­ing to of­fi­cials. He also said Congress only wanted that law be fol­lowed in let­ter and spirit. The com­ments came a day af­ter exit polls pre­dicted gains for Congress in five poll-bound states, re­sults to which will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11.

Ac­cus­ing PM Modi of lord­ing over a ‘crime ca­bal’ and us­ing agen­cies to un­leash “il­le­gal” raids on Vadra and his as­so­ci­ates, Sibal also al­leged the coun­try is star­ing at a “con­sti­tu­tional fail­ure” as en­ti­ties re­spon­si­ble for up­hold­ing the law were mis­us­ing it. “I am not only sug­gest­ing this, but it is my charge that PM and PMO is us­ing th­ese agen­cies for po­lit­i­cal vendetta and to be­smirch the names of peo­ple who are liv­ing with dig­nity in this coun­try.”

Congress and BJP have been spar­ring over al­leged cor­rup­tion in air­craft deals sealed by re­spec­tive gov­ern­ments. While Congress has ac­cused Modi and BJP of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in the Rafale deal, BJP has seized upon the ex­tra­di­tion of Chris­tian Michel to un­earth the “Gandhi link” to graft in the Agusta deal. BJP

on Satur­day slammed Congress for its crit­i­cism of the ED raids against as­so­ci­ates of Robert Vadra, call­ing the brother-in-law of Rahul Gandhi as “foun­tain­head of cor­rup­tion”.

BJP spokesper­son Sam­bit

J&K: 79.9% vot­ing in eighth phase of pan­chayat elec­tions

The

eighth phase of pan­chayat polls in Jammu and Kash­mir con­cluded on Satur­day with the state record­ing 79.9% polling per­cent­age. While 85.1% elec­tors ex­er­cised their fran­chise in Jammu di­vi­sion, 49.6% cast their votes in Kash­mir di­vi­sion.

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