Congress demands SC-monitored CBI probe into ISI spying racket in MP
The Congress on Friday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the alleged ISI-BJP links in Madhya Pradesh, claiming that three out of the 11 people arrested in connection with the spying racket are associated with the ruling party.Updated: Feb 18, 2017 00:42 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The Congress on Friday demanded a Supreme Court-monitored CBI probe into the alleged ISI-BJP links in Madhya Pradesh, claiming that three out of the 11 people arrested in connection with the spying racket are associated with the ruling party.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia also called the BJP a party certified by Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
“The links of these anti-national elements have been found with the BJP. It is the first political party in the world to become an ISI-certified party. This is the true face and character of the BJP,” he said.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) busted an espionage ring in Bhopal and arrested 11 people allegedly working for the ISI and passing sensitive information of strategic importance across the border.
The ATS also unearthed several clandestine telephone exchanges, thousands of SIM cards and a large number of mobile phones used for establishing contact with ISI officials.
“The spy network has passed sensitive and strategic information to the ISI and other agencies in Pakistan. When they were caught, it was revealed that the network has spread nationwide. Telephone exchanges have been established in four big cities,” Scindia said.
“The inquiry and investigation into the matter should be handed over to the CBI and the Supreme Court should monitor the probe. The BJP has compromised with the national security. There can’t be any kind of compromise on the internal security of the country,” he said.
The Congress leader claimed that Dhruv Saxena, who was caught from Bhopal, was a member of BJP’s IT cell and also of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
“He also had strong links with many BJP leaders. There are pictures of him with Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and BJP’s national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya,” he said.
Scindia alleged that Jitendra Singh, who was arrested from Gwalior, also has close links with many BJP leaders.
“Balram Singh, who is associated with the Bajrang Dal, is the mastermind of the spy network. The fund flow to the spies was executed through him. He was also involved in transferring foreign currencies to the spies from the ISI accounts,” he said.
The Congress leader said the fourth person was Ashish Singh Rathore, who is a member of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), which recently expelled him.
Hitting out at the BJP, Scindia said the ruling party which talks about nationalism, was providing shelter to anti-national elements. “A member of the Bajrang Dal, which talks about patriotism, has been found to be the mastermind of the spy network,” he said.
First Published: Feb 18, 2017 00:41 IST