NEW DELHI: Taking a potshot at the Congress, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday that Union home minister Amit Shah was troubled by investigative agencies but he never made a scene out of it.
“The investigative agencies have troubled him and the Prime minister, Narendra Modi, a lot. They were called multiple times for questioning. Amit Shah was even jailed. But he never made a scene of it. Whenever the agencies called them, they cooperated,” Singh said.
Singh was speaking at the launch of the book ‘Shabdansh: Amit Shah ke Chuninda Bhashan’, a compilation of Shah’s important speeches of the last three years. The volume has been edited by Shiwanand Dwivedi and is published by Rupa Publications.
Singh said that the 28 speeches, compiled in the volume, give an understanding of how well-read and thoughtful a person the home minister is.
Shah joined the BJP at a very young age and rose through the ranks to become the party’s national president. He went on to become the Union home minister.
Describing the traits of Shah, Singh said that there is a misconception about him that he is a very strict person. He said that Shah speaks little, but when he speaks, it has great meaning.
Shah was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in 2010 in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. When he was charge sheeted by the CBI, Shah surrendered, saying he had full faith in the judiciary. Later, he was discharged from the case.
The Congress interim president, Sonia Gandhi, and former president Rahul Gandhi are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate in the National Herald case.
The Congress has protested against ED on multiple occasions. On August 5, the Congress party protested by wearing black clothes.