The Bharatiya Janata Party on Sunday said the ruling party’s threat to sue them over the sting CD was hollow.
“Their (Congress) threat against us is both hollow and laughable…It is like ulta chor kotwal ko dante (thief blaming the cop),” BJP state in-charge Shyam Jaju said.
“If the chief minister is not guilty, let him recommend to the Centre a CBI probe against his former secretary…What prevents him from initiating such an inquiry?” he questioned while addressing reporters in the capital on Sunday.
Senior BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman had recently at a press conference in Delhi released a CD in which Rawat’s former personal secretary Mohammad Shahid was seen allegedly negotiating a deal with a liquor trader for wholesale licence.
The Rawat government had ordered a principal secretary-level inquiry against the IAS officer, who was divested of almost all the key positions, including that of secretary. He was recalled to Delhi to join his earlier assignment at the Union ministry of water resource. The BJP, however, has been pressurising the CM to recommend a CBI probe against the official.
Jaju said the Congress’ allegation that the CD released by the BJP was fabricated was baseless. “It is a genuine CD that has exposed the Rawat government. So, the onus is on the chief minister and he must recommend a CBI probe against his official and also an inquiry into the CD,” he said.
“Let the Centre do what it thinks is fit on the issue…We have already taken it up with the governor and have delivered the CD at an appropriate forum,” Jaju added.
Jaju, however, preferred to keep mum when Hindustan Times referred to the Congress’ recently issued statement that as per the Supreme Court guidelines the “party that produces a CD is legally bound to produce its original copy for a probe.”