In the wake of the ongoing political war over the arrest of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia, eight opposition parties have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alleging misuse of central investigative agencies.
The Congress has distanced itself from the letter signed by opposition leaders including Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.
The letter has been signed by National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, NCP President Sharad Pawar, Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) Gandhi is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for alleged money laundering related to the takeover of Young Indian, the company that runs the National Herald newspaper, Associated Journals Limited. Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi were questioned by the ED last year.
“We hope you will agree that India is still a democratic country. The blatant misuse of central agencies against members of opposition parties indicates that we have transitioned from democracy to autocracy,” the letter said.
“… After a long spell, Manish Sisodia was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) without any evidence against him for alleged irregularities,” the opposition leaders said in a letter to Prime Minister Modi.
“Most of the prominent politicians who have been booked, arrested, raided or interrogated by investigative agencies under your administration since 2014 are from opposition parties. Interestingly, investigative agencies are working at a slow pace on opposition politicians who have joined the BJP,” the letter said.
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