Congress rebuts Mulayam?s charges

STRONGLY REBUTTING the charge of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav against the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, the UPCC on Friday said the CM could be a victim of ?sting operation? against him by his own party leaders in which possibility of STF role could not be ruled out.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 01:28 IST

STRONGLY REBUTTING the charge of Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav against the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, the UPCC on Friday said the CM could be a victim of “sting operation” against him by his own party leaders in which possibility of STF role could not be ruled out.

Asserting that the Congress did not believe in such nefarious activities, the party suspected that phone-tapping could be result of massive power struggle going on in the Samajwadi Party in the State.

UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said during the ongoing STF surveillance against mafiosi in the State, it appeared that the probe agency had succeeded in getting conversations of senior SP leaders including the CM, Amar Singh and other members of the Yadav family with these mafiosi.

He said whenever STF got success in surveillance of government backed criminals, then Yadav and Amar Singh had come out with accusation of phone-tapping against the Congress.

Asserting that the Congress never indulged in such activities, Singh said the allegations by the CM was not new. During the last few years Yadav and Amar Singh had made this allegation more than half- a-dozen time.

He said during the STF surveillances in the Bhavna Pandey case, killing of Chambal dacoit Nirbhay Gujjar, murders of MLAs Raju Pal and Krishnanand Rai, the CM came out with accusation of phone-tapping against the Congress.

He said the State Government had been avoiding CBI inquiry in these heinous crimes for fear of backlash.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 01:28 IST