New Delhi, Feb 6: Against the backdrop of standoff between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the BJP-led Central government, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday said the Supreme Court has put both the parties in their places and added that if the BJP was trying to appear as a corruption crusader, why don’t they order a probe into ‘Rafale scam’.
Addressing mediapersons here, Mr Yechury said that the Apex Court has issued notice to Kolkata Police Commissioner and Bengal government which shows the top court has prime face 'accepted' that there is a “contempt of court” and added that “it is a grave charge”.
“This is not an issue of Centre-State relations. We have always opposed arbitrary use of Art 356. When the court ordered a CBI probe, it can't be construed as action against the state government”, he asserted.
The CPI (M) leader said that both the Trinamool Congress and the BJP parties were hand in gloves in ‘sharing the spoils of the loots’ in the chit fund scam.
He said he didn’t find anything wrong in the CBI’s way of investigation in the chit fund scam as there was a Supreme Court order to investigate it.
“If the CBI starts suo moto investigation without the state's permission, then it is a violation and in this case there is nothing seems to affect state-centre relationship”, he claimed.
However, Mr Yechury asked Ms Banerjee that if she was against the Centre then why she demanded President's rule in Bengal when Left Front government ruled the state.
Attacking the BJP, the Left party leader alleged that there is a long list of corruption cases against the BJP starting from the GSPCL scam, Vyapam, Sahara-Birla diaries, Rice, Nirav Modi, Mining and countless others.
“Rafale is an open and shut case of corruption, and their involvement is proven by their refusal to have a JPC. BJP is trying to appear as a corruption crusader. Why don't they order a probe into the Rafale scam”, asked Mr Yechury.
However, Mr Yechury asked the BJP did not investigate the matter the last five years and said that several members of the TMC, who were accused in the case later, joined BJP. (UNI)