Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Wednesday said that the remarks passed by the court while granting bail to Sanjay Raut, give ample evidence to show the ED is not an independent and professional organisation but one that dances to the tune of prime minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah.
Ramesh was addressing a press conference during the Congress’s ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi here in Maharashtra.
Senior Congress leader’s comments came after a special court granted bail to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Wednesday, over three months after his arrest in connection with a redevelopment project in the northern suburbs of Mumbai, calling his arrest illegal and a “witch-hunt.”
Ramesh said the court has made scathing observations and the language used is clear that the ED is being “used to intimidate, threaten and create fear among political opponents”.
“Now, there is ample evidence to show that ED is not a professional agency and dances to the tune of the prime minister and home minister,” he said.
Ramesh also alleged that even Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Sharad Pawar were targeted by the ED.
“I have no doubt he (Sanjay Raut) will continue to expose the tactics of the Centre for spreading fear and intimidation among the political opponents,” Ramesh said.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday walked out of the Arthur road jail on Wednesday, hours after being granted bail in a money laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)