The BJP alleged that former Gujarat police officer RB Sreekumar leveled charges of fake encounters against the Narendra Modi government as a “quid pro quo” for the UPA regime giving him a clean chit in the case involving ex-ISRO scientist S Nambi Narayanan, which was “fabricated” by him.
At a press conference, BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi played an audio CD of a purported telephone conversation allegedly between Rais Khan, a close aide of activist-lawyer Teesta Setalvad, and Sreekumar, former Gujarat DGP, to allege that the IPS officer and Setalvad were working in tandem to target the Modi government.
Sreekumar dismissed the BJP’s charge as “false propaganda” which, he said, was very typical of Modi’s style of politics.
Lekhi said Sreekumar was given a clean chit by the UPA government on nine counts in the false spy case in 2004. In return for this, the BJP alleged, he launched a tirade against the Modi government when he was posted back to his parent cadre, Gujarat.
Narayanan was cleared by the CBI and the Supreme Court in 1998 of charges of leaking vital defence secrets to two alleged Maldivian intelligence officials Mariam Rasheeda and Fauzia Hassan. The Human Rights Commission awarded a compensation of R10 lakh to him for torture he went through. Currently, Narayanan is a fighting a case before the Kerala high court, seeking action against the police officials who foisted the spying charges against him.
Lekhi said the tape recording showed Sreekumar purportedly saying that “Teesta helped me when the chargesheet (on fake encounters) was given to me.”