Cong notice to CM on Joshi CD
THE CONGRESS today served a legal notice on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accusing that disgraced BJP leader Sanjay Joshi was absolved in the sleaze CD scandal in a preplanned manner at his behest.Updated: Apr 04, 2006 12:39 IST
THE CONGRESS today served a legal notice on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accusing that disgraced BJP leader Sanjay Joshi was absolved in the sleaze CD scandal in a preplanned manner at his behest.
“The notice seeks to know on what basis Joshi was exonerated even before investigating agencies began a genuine probe,” State Congress legal cell chairman J P Dhanopia said in the legal notice served to Chouhan.
He alleged that not only was a plan formulated to save Joshi but the CD was also tampered with. Dhanopia said that Joshi in his complaint to police had not questioned the authenticity of the CD nor had he requested for forensic test of the CD to find out whether the person shown on camera in the CD was Joshi or not.
“He had only said that somebody was blackmailing him, demanding Rs 10 lakh on the strength of CD in question. Therefore, the police probe should have been on a different line. But under pressure from the Chief Minister the police referred the CD to Hyderabad-based laboratory seeking forensic report on whether the person shown on CD is Joshi or not”, Dhanopia said.
As soon as the complaint was lodged by Joshi, the Chief Minister made a public statement saying that CD would be sent for forensic test and Joshi would be proved innocent. Dhanopia alleged that it was a clear hint to police as to what course of action they have to adopt for hushing up the matter.
“The police was supposed to trace the person involved in so called black mailing but strangely the police sent the CD to forensic laboratory for determination of its correctness as if it was the issue involved”, the notice said.
Accusing the Chief Minister of ‘abusing’ his office as well as the entire investigating machinery for personal gains and individual favour, he said, any person adorning Chief Minister’s office was expected to act extremely impartially, fairly and in the larger public interest but Chouhan by ‘abusing’ his authority and office has breached the Constitutional oath, therefore, losing legal and moral authority to continue in office further, the notice contended.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Jamuna Devi said in a statement that the clean chit given to Joshi constituted a blow to the BJP regime’s prestige.
First Published: Apr 04, 2006 12:39 IST