//Govt rejects BJP charge of interfering in CBI functioning

Govt rejects BJP charge of interfering in CBI functioning

New Delhi, Feb 23: Government today rejected the BJP charge of interfering in the functioning of the CBI in the Babri Masjid demolition case against L K Advani and said its communication to the agency in the matter was prompted by court strictures.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P R Dasmunsi also dismissed charges that the Congress-led coalition had attempted to protect Ottavio Quattrochhi, an accused in the Bofors case, whose bank accounts in London were defrozen recently. He said NDA while in power had not been able to collect evidence against the Italian businessman.

Dasmunsi said the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court in July, last year had made "serious observations" in the demolition case while setting aside the Rae Bareli trial court order discharging Advani in the case.