Jethmalani embarrasses BJP again, 'endorses' new CBI chief

Ram Jethmalani

Embarrassing BJP yet again, its senior MP Ram Jethmalani today attacked the party for criticising the appointment of new CBI Director and said the government's decision has "averted national calamity".

A day after Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh demanding that the decision regarding the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as CBI Director be "kept in abeyance", he alleged that BJP's criticism of the government was "instigated" by the "most undesirable rival" of Sinha.

The eminent lawyer's attack on his party was lapped up by government with Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari saying he rarely agrees with him and this was one such instance.

V Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, the administrative ministry for CBI, described BJP's criticism as "ill motivated".

Jethmalani, who only recently went public with his demand for the resignation of BJP President Nitin Gadkari, hailed the the government's decision saying, "for a change, (it) has averted national calamity".

"....I was astonished to read that the BJP has attacked the Prime Minister and the Congress party for what the party calls the fast tracked appointment of Mr. Ranjit Sinha as the Director of the CBI," the veteran Parliamentarian said in a letter addressed to BJP President Nitin Gadkari, copies of which were marked to the Prime Minister and the media.

"I regret that this criticism is a result of complete ignorance of relevant facts and has been instigated by a most undesirable rival who had to withdraw his petition before the CAT yesterday as a result of the appointment," Jethmalani said.

Swaraj and Jaitey had in their letter to the Prime Minister, the appointment of new CBI Director should not have been done when the Rajya Sabha Select Committee had recommended that such appointments should be done through a collegium.

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