Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday spoke to Republic Media Network in an exclusive interview, during which he denied the opposition's frequently cited claims of political vendetta, against Congress leaders like P Chidambaram. Shah, dismissive of the allegation, said that there is no case of a political vendetta. He also said that if at all the BJP wanted to plot a political vendetta then Chidambaram would have been jailed earlier.
Shah said that if allegations of political vendetta were true then the chargesheet filed in the court would not have stood up to legal scrutiny.
"Nothing can happen unless the charge sheet is strong enough in the court. One can immediately apply for bail after that. However, only on the basis of the bail it is decided if it's a prima facie case." said Amit Shah.
Shah further said that ultimately the court is the last resort for the final decision.
"Ultimately it's the court's decision. So if it's a case of political vendetta, then it cannot stand up to legal scrutiny."
Amit Shah pointed out to the case of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram who just hours before the interview was allowed to be questioned by the ED in the INX media case. Shah said that even Chidambaram's bail was rejected by the court.
"The Sessions Court and the High Court both rejected Chidambaram's bail. They have declared it as a prima facie case. So if its a political vendetta against him, then he would have been bailed out within a month." added Shah.
Amit Shah also said that if BJP wanted to corner P Chidambaram through a plotted political vendetta then it would have been done way before. He said that the investigation has been going on for the past two to three years.
"If we wanted to frame Chidambaram through a fabricated case then we would have done it long back. It's been five years since we are in power. If at all we wanted to frame him then we would have done it in one month." he said.
Amit Shah said that the case has been under investigation for years and only after connecting all dots, Chidambaram has been named in it. He said that the court derives conclusion only after detailed investigations. Shah once against denied misusing the agencies to frame P Chidambaram.
The CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017, alleging irregularities in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance granted to the INX Media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as the Finance Minister. Thereafter, the Enforcement Directorate had lodged a money laundering case in this regard in 2017. Chidambaram was first arrested by the CBI in connection with the INX Media case on August 22 from his New Delhi residence. He is currently been held in judicial custody in Tihar Jail.