I have no link to CD leak, IIT Kamand clash: Kaul Singh Thakur

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2015 21:44 IST

Himachal Pradesh health and family welfare minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Wednesday claimed that he had no link with the alleged audio compact disc (CD), containing the conversation of a man and a woman, that was leaked to media houses in Shimla.

The minister, who spoke to mediapersons for 10 minutes at Mandi, tried to escape queries over the "CD leak" and said, "The media is well aware who is behind the conspiracy."

He claimed the male voice in the CD was not his and it was fabricated to tarnish his image of a senior and honest politician of the state.

Thakur said he was not satisfied with the statement of chief minister Virbhadra Singh who had denied to probe the issue, adding that he found no merit in his denial.

"Probe the matter and let it be known who actually conspired against me and what was the motive behind it. I am the most senior and successful politician of the Congress party and history stands testimony to the fact that I have sacrificed my posts and rights for the sake of unity in the party," Thakur said.

Not letting any names slip, Kaul only said a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader who was his political counterpart in Drang assembly segment had demanded a CBI probe into the "CD leak", which he was also in favour of to expose the "two-faced politicians" in and outside the state.

Speaking about the clash at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kamand, Mandi, on June 20, Thakur said the opposition BJP was unnecessarily dragging his name into the matter.

"The son and relatives of a BJP leader who are repeatedly accusing me of involvement with the construction company and civil contractor working at the IIT campus site are themselves involved in the conspiracy," he said.

Expressing concern over the "bouncer culture" in the state, the minister said he would personally inquire from the Mandi deputy commissioner and superintendent of police regarding the action taken so far and precautions taken after the incident.

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