In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, nine Opposition leaders claim that government organisations including the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) were used improperly to frame their leaders.
A number of leaders, including Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress, Chandrasekhar Rao of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), Farooq Abdullah of the Jammu & Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), Sharad Pawar of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, have voiced their concerns about the state of the nation’s government institutions.
They claimed that since the BJP took power in 2014, investigating agencies had booked, arrested, searched, or questioned the majority of lawmakers who belonged to the opposition.
They said that cases against opposition leaders who joined the BJP were handled slowly by the investigation agency, “For example, former Congress member and current Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was probed by the CBI and the ED in 2014 and 2015 over the Saradha chit fund scam. However, the case didn’t progress after he joined the BJP. Similarly, former TMC leaders Suvendu Adhikari and Mukul Roy were under the ED and CBI scanner in the Narada sting operation case, but the cases didn’t progress after they joined the BJP ahead of the assembly polls in the state. There are many such examples, including that of Shri Narayan Rane of Maharashtra.”