Press Statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson and MP, Shri Prakash Javadekar

Media has carried reports that the CBI has filed a supplementary charge sheet charging, amongst others, Shri Gulab Chand Kataria, Leader of Opposition, Rajasthan Vidhan Sabha and former Home Minister, Government of Rajasthan as a conspirator in the alleged encounter of Sohrabuddin. The CBI had earlier charge-sheeted Shri Amit Shah, former Home Minister, Government of Gujarat in the same case.The CBI charge sheet against Shri Gulab Chand Kataria is without any basis. Shri Kataria, besides being a senior leader of the Party, is known for his propriety and credibility. There is not a shred of truthful evidence against him. This case is being pursued by the CBI with the intention of implicating senior BJP leaders, at the behest of the Congress party. The CBI had earlier charge-sheeted Shri Amit Shah. A lot of prejudicial material was released to the media. The Party had maintained that the case was concocted and without any basis. When the matter was argued in court it turned out to be a case of negligible or no evidence. The bail granted to Shri Amit Shah by the Trial court was confirmed right till the Supreme Court. It appears from the media reports that the fictional story of conspiracy against Shri Amit Shah which had been created did not hold together, a new fictional story has now been concocted as to how the two then Home Ministers got the encounter engineered at the behest of some marble traders. It appears that the CBI’s case of conspiracy has more than one version. Fortunately, truth can have only one version.It may be recalled that an effort was also made to implicate senior party leader and former minister in Rajasthan, Shri Rajender Rathore in another case of alleged encounter. That also turned out to be a case of negligible or no evidence and Shri Rathore was granted bail.The Bharatiya Janata Party rejects all charges against Shri Gulab Chand Kataria. The Party fully stands behind him. We shall expose these attempts both legally.

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