CBI Director Ranjit Sinha courts controversy again: 'UPA would’ve been happy had we charged Amit Shah'
- Feb 08, 2014, 11:21 AM IST
New Delhi: After making the controversial remark in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in an interview to Economic Times, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha has now claimed that he was quoted out of context. Ranjit Sinha earlier said the UPA government would "have been very happy" if Narendra Modi confidant and former Gujarat home minister Amit Shah had been nailed in the Ishrat Jahan Fake Encounter case. Many believe that this amounts to giving clean chit to Amit Shah and bound to raise controversy before 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.
In an interview to Economic TimesCBI Director Ranjit Sinha said: "There were political expectations... The UPA government would have been very happy if we had charged Amit Shah...But we went strictly by evidence and found there was no prosecutable evidence against Shah,".
Asked why Shah could not be nailed for politically sanctioning the fake encounter, as has been alleged by some witnesses, Sinha said: "There were some doubts, but that was not enough to amount to evidence. Clearing Shah is testimony to the fact that it is a fair and thorough investigation."
This gives ample amuntion to BJP which has long alleged the encounter investigation was Congress conspiracy.