Rajya Sabha MP K T S Tulsi, BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy and AAP joined Union minister Venkaiah Naidu in demanding a thorough probe into allegations that former CBI chief Amar Pratap Singh favoured controversial meat exporter Moin Qureshi.
“The allegations have to be throughly enquired into. It is a real shame for all of us that director of a premier investigative agency has now been charged,” Naidu said earlier.
“This shows the level of corruption that has crept into the system. It should be taken to its logical conclusion and whatever links are there should be throughly investigated,” he said.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said the development has sent a message that anybody, irrespective of his position, could be brought to book.
“In the first time in history, a CBI director has been brought to book,” he said.
Senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP K T S Tulsi, who was nominated to the Upper House during the UPA regime, said it was a serious blow to the reputation of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
“One after the other the directors seem to be compromising the integrity of law and an institution which is the premier investigating agency in the country. If people lose faith in the institution, how are we going to have inquires against terrorists and those committing most heinous crimes?
“It is very important to have faith in the impartiality of the institution. It is a sad state of affairs,” he said.
Demanding unearthing of the conspiracy in the case, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said the incident reflected the corruption in India’s premier investigating agency and the way appointment of its directors was done.
The CBI had named Singh along with Qureshi and others in an FIR registered last week for allegedly favouring the meat exporter after receiving a complaint from the Enforcement Directorate. The agency had carried out searches at the residence of Singh yesterday.