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New Delhi: A day after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Rajasthan was charged in a fake encounter case, top leaders of the party accused the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of misusing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

“Charges against the leader of opposition in Rajasthan assembly Gulab Chand Kataria are politically motivated," BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters. “It is a well planned conspiracy of Congress-led UPA government to defame BJP leaders. We will fight this at political and legal levels."

The CBI on Tuesday filed criminal charges against Kataria in the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case. Kataria, who was then home minister in the Rajasthan government, was booked for criminal conspiracy and murder. The elections in state are due in December.

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley attacked the CBI for filing charges against Kataria.

“First they arrested Gujarat’s minister for state Amit Shah, who was granted bail in the same case by trial court and it was later upheld by high court and Supreme Court. It is unusual that bail is granted in a murder case," Jaitley said.

A CBI spokesperson could not be immediately reached for a comment.

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