AAP threatens legal action against sting operators
Reacting to the allegation made by a media portal that senior party leaders were raising funds through illegal means, AAP member Yogender Yadav today denied the claims and said the CDs of the sting operation were doctored. Website says it will not give raw footageindia Updated: Nov 22, 2013 16:10 IST
Rejecting the sting operation against some of its leaders, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Friday said the tapes were doctored and it was mulling legal action against the organisation who carried it out.
"The tapes were doctored. This is not the raw version, these CDs and tapes contain edited footage, said AAP Political Affairs Committee (PAC) member Yogendra Yadav during a press conference in New Delhi.
"Last night we were promised by Media Sarkar that they would hand us the raw footage of the stings so that we can examine them, but now have refused," Yadav told reporters.
"Our candidates interacted at length with the reporters carrying out the sting but in the clip only a few minutes' footage is shown," he added.
Yadav gave the media organisation time till 3pm today to produce the original tapes, and said failing this the party could take legal action against the organisation. However, the portal has refused to oblige to AAP's demand.
"If this is a conspiracy, then action will definitely be taken," he said.
Yadav also promised that if anyone from AAP was found guilty, he/she "will step down".
The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has called an emergency meeting and formed a committee, which include PAC members Yogendra Yadva and Sanjay Singh to probe the matter.
The PAC of AAP has decided to review the evidence presented to the public and take a decision on this issue within the next 24 hours.
The sting operation, conducted by Media Sarkar, alleged that several leaders of AAP, including Shazia Ilmi and Kumar Vishwas, who were contacted for their help in recovery of money from individuals and getting land deals done, readily agreed to extend their support in return of donations in cash to AAP.
On Thursday, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal dismissed the sting operation as a conspiracy against his party, but said it will not compromise on the issue of corruption.
"We will not spare anyone if found guilty," he had said, adding he knew who were behind it as BJP and Congress have been routed by AAP.
The video purportedly showed a reporter meeting Ilmi posing as a representative of a company and sought her help to teach a lesson to a rival company.
Initially, Ilmi refused to help the reporter without legal documents, but later allegedly agreed to help her even without documents when the reporter offered her donations in cash.
Ilmi is also shown in the video allegedly telling the reporter that the party accepts donations in cash.
The sting operations were also done on AAP candidates from Kondli (Manoj Kumar), Sangam Vihar (Dinesh Mohaniya), Okhla (Irfan Ullah Khan), Rohtas Nagar (Mukesh Hooda), Deoli (Prakash) and Palam (Bhawna Gaur).
Reacting to allegations, BJP leader VK Malhotra said the sting operation has "exposed AAP totally".
"Earlier also Anna Hazare condemned them for taking all this money which was collected at Hazare's agitation for election purpose.
"Elections are in Delhi, but money is coming from USA, UK and other places. If they take money from outside and contest election in Delhi, then tomorrow they can sell India's interest also by taking foreign money," said Malhotra.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)