"Over the last two days India witnessed the broad daylight murder of democracy as also the rule of law," said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala (Photo: PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images).

THE Congress party on Thursday (22) came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Indian government over the arrest of P Chidambaram, accusing it of using the federal probe agencies CBI and the ED as “personal revenge-seeking departments”.

Senior Congress leader and former finance minister Chidambaram was arrested last night (22) amid high drama by the CBI and he spent the night at an agency guest house.

“Over the last two days India witnessed the broad daylight murder of democracy as also the rule of law,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

He further said that while many accused in the INX Media case have not been arrested, a senior politician has been arrested without any legal basis.

“Government using CBI, ED as personal revenge-seeking departments for the party in power as also those ruling country”, Surjewala charged.

“A seasoned politician was arrested on the statement of a woman charged with the murder of her own daughter”, says Surjewala referring to Indrani Mukherjea

He further alleged that “false charges” were being heaped on senior political rivals to “silence” everyone in the country.