Former DGP of Gujarat RB Sreekumar on Tuesday filed a criminal defamation complaint against BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh and two others in a Delhi court for allegedly giving wrong statement against him on a national TV news channel.
Sreekumar, who had earlier taken on Modi in connection with the 2002 Gujarat riots case, said Modi and Rajnath along with BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi and Nambi Narayanan, a retired scientist of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), hatched a conspiracy to harm his reputation by “digging out a closed case of 1994 related to espionage affecting the national interests of the country.”
Sreekumar was then serving in the Central Intelligence Bureau as Deputy Director in Thiruvananthapuram and was part of the team that probed the case initially. The team had implicated Narayanan and three others in the case.
However, after the CBI took over the case, Narayanan was given a clean chit. The CBI in turn proposed departmental action against Sreekumar, two other IPS officers and nine IB officers probing the case for professional lapses. The home ministry in 2005 dropped all charges against Sreekumar and other officers in the departmental enquiry after accepting the report of the enquiry officer.
In his complaint, Sreekumar alleged that Lekhi made “false allegation” by claiming that the UPA-I government favoured him and other officers by exonerating them of all charges of professional lapses, without conducting a proper enquiry.