The BJP has a gathbandhan with the CBI, Akhilesh Yadav told NDTV.
Hours after CBI chief Alok Verma resigned following his removal from the top post, and a Delhi court asked the agency to investigate his deputy Rakesh Asthana in a bribery case, former UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav quipped "who will investigate the CBI?"
"There are so many fights happening within the CBI, so many allegations and counter-allegations… Who will probe the CBI?" the Samajwadi Party chief said amid reports that he will be questioned by the CBI in the sand mining scam.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the illegal sand mining that took place between 2012 and 2016 in the state, will examine Akhilesh Yadav's role as he was the chief minister during this period and held the mining department for a year, agency sources had indicated.
The reports of CBI raids on Akhilesh Yadav's properties started doing the rounds after the SP and BSP leaders met to work out an alliance to stop the BJP in UP in the Lok Sabha polls.
Mr Yadav told NDTV he was ready to face the investigation, but termed the recent raids on officers and ministers as "politically motivated".
A day before Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are expected to announce the coupling of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party for the national election, Mr Yadav alleged that the BJP has stitched an alliance with the CBI and whenever the party feels threatened, its political opponents are visited by CBI officers.
"We are making efforts to win maximum Lok Sabha seats. Those who want to stop us, have the CBI with them. If the CBI wants to question me, I will answer (them)," Mr Yadav said.
The ruling BJP is leaving behind the culture (of misusing the central investigative agencies) and it should be ready to face the same in the future, Mr Yadav had warned last week.