New Delhi, April 11
Congress has repeatedly disrupted proceedings in Rajya Sabha on Monday, accusing the Narendra Modi government of using the CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) against opposition leaders, especially non-BJP chief ministers.
Here is a list of cases involving high profile opposition leaders:
National Herald Case Against Sonia, Rahul Gandhi & others
Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Oscar Fernandes, Motilal Vora, Suman Dubey and Sam Pitroda are the accused in this case. It is based on a 2012 private complaint by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, accusing Congress leaders of cheating and breach of trust in the acquisition of Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL), publisher of National Herald newspaper, by Young Indian Pvt Ltd. The Congress has rubbished the allegations, alleging political vendetta. Status: The case is sub-judice. A Delhi court granted bail to the Congress leaders in December 2015. The court recently dismissed Swamy’s application seeking direction to the Congress party and AJL to produce certain records relating to the case.In his capacity as ex-officio chairman of the foreign investment promotion board (FIPB) in 2006, former finance minister P Chidambaram approved the sale of telecom company Aircel to a Malaysian company. Both the CBI and the ED are investigating the deal.
Subramanian Swamy alleged that the FIPB clearance was illegally approved by Chidambaram. Since the deal was over and above Rs 600 crore, it ought to have been placed before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs by the then finance minister, Swamy said. Chidambaram has, however, rejected the charges, saying that the approval was given in the normal course of business. Status: CBI has initiated a preliminary inquiry into the case. The CBI registered seven preliminary enquiries against the AAP this year, two of which were converted into FIRs. The confrontation between AAP and CBI started when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused the agency of raiding his offices at the secretariat.
The raids were conducted at office of Kejriwal’s principal secretary Rajendra Kumar in connection with a corruption case and after several rounds of questioning, the senior bureaucrat was arrested. He was later released on bail but the case would not be the last one which the agency filed against individuals and leaders associated with either AAP or the Delhi government.
The CBI is currently probing AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, former MLA Asim Khan on allegations of corruption. Another FIR was registered by CBI in the appointment of Nikunj Aggarwal as officer on special duty (OSD) to Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain. But the biggest jolt to AAP came when CBI registered a PE against deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia for alleged irregularities in a contract to private firm Perfect Relations for a social media campaign, ‘Talk to AK’. AAP has alleged political vendetta.
Status: CBI has filed a chargesheet in Rajendra Kumar case. In April last year, the CBI registered a preliminary enquiry in connection with an alleged sting operation, purportedly showing former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat offering bribes to rebel Congress MLAs to support him in a floor test in the Assembly.
New Delhi, April 11