Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday accused the government of playing a “dirty game” of targeting opposition leaders and said the recent sudden transfer of the Enforcement Directorate chief was aimed only to “fix” the opposition leaders with “false and irrelevant” cases, including the National Herald case.
He said the government was trying to bury many of the corruption cases in which its own ministers and chief ministers were involved pushing the opposition to “ring the bell in the temple of democracy (Parliament)”.
“I simply wonder how can government come up with two different set of rules — one for the ruling party and one for the Opposition. The government seems to have a set policy of keeping busy even the small Opposition parties with fake cases so that no one can question it on crucial issues,” Azad told reporters after the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day.
He said government has played a “dirty game” by changing the ED director within a few days of granting him an extension after the previous Enforcement Directorate chief had “rightly” decided to close the case.
“National Herald is a non-profit making organization and none of its directors or shareholders get a single penny. This was conveyed to the previous ED director who rightly decided to close the case.
“However, what prompted the government to replace him within days of this decision and appoint a new one (Karnal Singh) who re-opened the case? Does this move not smell of a political vendetta and I wonder how can government claim that it has no role to play when they play such dirty games from behind the scene,” Azad said.