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RSS begins VCD probe

THE RSS has begun an internal probe to nail the producers of the sex VCDs that are threatening to allegedly embarrass some more Sangh leaders. Former BJP general secretary Sanjay Joshi quit last month after one such CD was circulated in the Sangh Parivar.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 13:54 IST

THE RSS has begun an internal probe to nail the producers of the sex VCDs that are threatening to allegedly embarrass some more Sangh leaders. Former BJP general secretary Sanjay Joshi quit last month after one such CD was circulated in the Sangh Parivar.

With the BJP keeping mum on the issue after Joshi's departure, the Sangh leadership smell a conspiracy from within the BJP-RSS parivar to damage reputations of more leaders.

With rumours of another campaign gaining ground, this time targetting the likes of senior leaders like Mohan Bhagwat and Suresh Soni, Sangh 'sleuths' have been told to get to the bottom of the mess. A Sangh official said "we are certainly zeroing on who's behind this."

Embarrassing the RSS leadership further was also a write-up by high-ranking Sangh ideologue M G Vaidya, who hinted at a conspiracy by a "highly ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth" from Gujarat. This upset Gujarat Chief Minister
Narendra Modi so much, that the RSS issued a prompt denial exonerating Modi of involvement in the affair.

But Vaidya was only airing in public what is being whispered in Sangh and BJP circles about the likely role of Joshi’s enemies, who include Modi and expelled BJP leader Uma Bharti. So far the Sangh has been trying to make the Madhya Pradesh police get to the bottom of the circulation of the VCD allegedly showing Joshi with a woman and secondly to see if more tapes damaging other senior leaders were on their way.

But the police investigation in Bhopal, under chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s supervision, seems to have tied itself in knots. RSS leaders are upset with supposed police findings being prematurely telecast. Accusing the MP police of tampering evidence, the opposition Congress has demanded an impartial CBI probe into the matter.

First Published: Jan 11, 2006 13:54 IST