Seasons change, Cong cautions probe officials
‘Don’t Be Slaves Of Political Masters’
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
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