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Cong takes aim at Sushma

The arrest of former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy by the CBI on Monday set off a war of words between the Congress and the BJP. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Sep 06, 2011 01:22 IST
HT Correspondent

The arrest of former Karnataka minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy by the CBI on Monday set off a war of words between the Congress and the BJP.

Under attack in recent times on the issue of corruption, the Congress trained its guns on the BJP, which has been trying to gain leverage out of Team Anna's attacks on government.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said the CBI should probe the "commercial links" the Reddy brothers had with BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and also M Venkaiah Naidu: "We have been saying from the beginning. Sushma Swaraj has business relations with them (Reddys). Venkaiah Naidu has business relations with them…"

Corporate affairs minister Veerappa Moily said the arrest was a lesson to those in high offices not to misuse their position. Congress http://www.hindustantimes.com/images/HTPopups/060911/06_09_pg9a.jpgspokesperson Manish Tewari said this was an unfolding probe by the CBI.

"I welcome this statement of Digvijaya Singh and I want that this probe should definitely be done so that the truth comes out as only when the truth comes out will I get justice," Swaraj said.

“Government can hold any probe against me through any agency. Or as the Prime Minister had himself made the offer in the House that Leader of Opposition can investigate the matter, I now say the Prime Minister can himself hold any investigations against me… If the PM appoints Digvijaya Singh as his representative for such a probe, I will be most happy as then Digvijaya Singh can satisfy his curiosity by conducting his own investigations."

She said she had "nothing to do with the Reddy brothers, neither in the past nor now".

Even as the BJP sought to distance itself from the Reddys, party spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy obliquely hit out at the CBI and said, "This (arrest) is Andhra Pradesh-related. They (Centre) are witch-hunting Jaganmohan Reddy and spreading their tentacles further to disturb the Karnataka government. CBI should conduct its raids but its action is suspect.”