Opposition seeking CBI probe: BJP

After charge sheet, Govt can’t hand over case to agency’

PTI
Jammu, Publish Date: Apr 22 2018 11:24PM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2018 11:24PM
Opposition seeking CBI probe: BJPFile Photo

The BJP, the junior ally in the PDP-led government  in Jammu and Kashmir government, today accused opposition parties  of playing “dirty politics” for their demand of a CBI probe into  the alleged rape-and-murder of a minor girl in Kathua, saying only  higher courts can transfer the case to the central agency as charge  sheet has already been filed.

It also came down heavily on “self-seeking politicians and separatists”  in the Valley for misguiding the youth and appealed to students to  resume their classes as all the accused in the case were arrested  and the judicial process has begun with the filing of the charge sheet by the Crime branch in the case on April 9.

“The opposition in both Jammu and Kashmir regions are playing with  people's sentiments, provoking them and playing dirty politics without  showing any sincerity in addressing their issues,” BJP state spokesperson  Anil Gupta said in a statement here.  

Referring to the verbal assault  launched by the leaders of the Congress and the National Panthers'  Party in support of a CBI inquiry into the Kathua case, Gupta accused  them of playing a “double game”.  

“Incidentally, most of these leaders have a legal background and  are well versed with the law. Yet they are misleading the people because they are not sincere in helping them but want to exploit  them,” he alleged.

The former Army officer said had these leaders been sincere, they would have appealed to the High Court for a CBI enquiry well before the charge sheet was filed in the appropriate Court by the Crime  Branch.  “They were only trying to score political brownie points,” he alleged.

He said the legal position is crystal clear, after the charge sheet was presented and all of them know it.  

 “Now even the lower court hearing the case is not empowered to refer the case to CBI but can only seek additional evidence from  Crime Branch. The authority rests only with the High Court or the Supreme Court to order a CBI enquiry, as and when approached and the Court is convinced of the need of a CBI enquiry. No executive authority holds any power to now refer the case to CBI,” Gupta explained.  

Yet these leaders, he said, continue to play with the sentiments of the people by holding protests and rallies.  

“None of them is interested in following the laid down legal procedure because they are more interested in publicity rather than action,” he rued. PTI