LUCKNOW: Condemning the Centre's interference in the ongoing controversy plaguing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and subsequent movement of officers, BSP chief Mayawati said that the prevailing tension would serve a blow to the credibility and reputation of the central premier probe agency. She said it was the result of excessive meddling done by the government in the functioning of CBI.
In a statement issued here on Wednesday, Mayawati expressed her concern over alleged intrusion by Centre in the internal matters of CBI. "Such undue interference in the affairs of CBI has been going on for quite some time. Owing to the misuse of government machinery, already much damage has been done to the reputation of the premier probe agency," she added.
The BSP chief went on to claim that the current upheaval was a cause of great concern and a worrying fact as "such incidents bring down the integrity of the country's premier investigation agency." Referring to the transfers effected during the last 24 hours in the CBI, the BSP chief felt it was a good that the issue had reached the Supreme Court which would now not only analyse the role of Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) in such matters but would also define the internal functioning of the CBI threadbare.
"It seems imperative at this juncture that in order to restore the credibility of the CBI in the country, the Supreme Court takes the cognizance of the matter with utmost seriousness," she claimed. Slamming the Centre, Mayawati said the prevailing tension among the ranks and files of the CBI is the result of -"communal, casteist and hateful policies-" of the central government and many other government institutions in the country were facing a crisis because of this attitude.
Questioning the action taken by the Centre, Mayawati said: "This move has exposed the BJP-led Central government as people now know that it is not serious about cases pertaining to Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and the Rafale as investigations into all these cases will be hampered because of the ongoing crisis."