Shimla: Boxed in over the murky affairs of 3 CDs having surfaced recently, BJP today hit back terming it as a handiwork of congress party with the objective to hinder investigations into corruption issues that have been forth by the probe into another CD involving union minister Virbhadra Singh.
Speaking to the media, Satyapal Jain – BJP incharge for Himachal held, â€œthe CDs have been released in order to divert public attention from the finality a probe into an audio CD involving union minister and former chief minister Virbhadra has come to.â€
Every effort has been made to stall investigations into the Virbhadra tapes, he said counting, â€˜firstly, no investigation was launched by the earlier congress government headed by him, despite a case being registered.
Second, after becoming union minister Virbhadra Singh picked up the investigating officer as his private secretary and thirdly the DGP vigilance, under whose direction the probe is being conducted, was threatened with a defamation case, said Jain.
The CDs were couriered to select people, which involved a sitting judge of the High Court who is hearing the audio CD case of Virbhadra Singh, clearly points that efforts were made to stall the case, he added.
He said the party and the government would not be deterred from these tactics and be it a central minister or any other leader, corruption cases will be investigated and the guilty would be booked.
Terming the two audio compact discs released recently as â€œtutored, doctoredâ€ he said that â€œthe party was open to a CBI probe into the matterâ€, and added, â€œThe state government has immediately ordered a CID probe and the people behind the release of the CDs and its creditability would soon be exposed.â€
Jain said that after hearing the contents of the CDs patiently, its is obvious that there is no conversation taking place but words spoken by the chief minister at different occasions had been put together to create a fabricated, tutored and doctored audio CD.
On one of the three CDs that carries video footage about exchange of alleged illegal money involving BJP parliamentarian Virender Kashyap, he said that the incident is claimed to have happened before the May 2009 general elections and yet no one has come forth to own for having conducted the alleged sting operation.
Dismissing a demand for a probe into the MPs alleged involvement or justification for his dismissal from the Lok Sabha, Jain said that when the incident is claimed to have happened, Kashyap was an only a BJP worker and did not come under the purview of being a public servant, and the congress demand for his dismissal from the Lok Sabha is without any basis as he was not an MP then.
As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post.
Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.