On a day where Congress corruption once again became a talking point following CBI raids against former Haryana CM Bhupinder Hooda in the Manesar land deal case and a FIR was lodged against Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik in a Rs 32 crore fraud case, the party has openly warned probe agencies, threatening revenge against personnel once a new government comes to power.
Addressing a briefing on the matter, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said that action would be taken against those who are involved in "harassing and defaming Modi and Shah's political rivals"
"They (agencies) have not found anything new (in the cases) and if they had they would have placed it in front of courts. CBI and ED have become the government's tool, they must work based on the law. They should not target the Centre's rivals. In a few months there will be polls and there will be a new government and it will decide for every person, every institution, which has misused their powers on behalf of Modi and Shah and harassed and defamed their political rivals," he said.
The Congress has routinely alleged "political vendetta" being the reason behind virtually all the cases that are ongoing against their leaders, whether it be the National Herald case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the Aircel-Maxis and INX Media cases against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the allegations against Robert Vadra in the Skylight Hospitality case, and even the Fodder Scam convictions as a result of which Lalu Prasad is lodged in jail.
Earlier on Friday, former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda's residence in Rohtak was being raided by an eight-member team of the CBI with respect to the Manesar land case. At the same time, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik and his son Navjyoti Patnaik face allegations in a 2017 Ponzi scheme case as an FIR was lodged against them. Navjyoti Patnaik is also accused of misappropriating Rs 6 crore from funds given to him for the company. A fraud case has been registered against them and they have been charged with section 420 of the IPC and a notice has been issued to them by the police.