Congress plans to lodge an FIR against BJP in Sting CD case involving Uttrakhand chief minister Harish Rawat’s private secretary Mohammad Shahid. Congress termed it as baseless allegation to ruin Uttrakhand state government’s reputation .
Congress is demanding the original CD and the tools used in the sting operation for the forensic tests to check its authenticity.
“The BJP was in a cracking hurry to go to the press with its allegations against Uttarakhand government but despite more than a month after the press conference held by the party in Delhi for the purpose, it has not produced the original CD and tools used in its making. It shows there is no substance to the party’s allegations, which were leveled to bring disrepute to the state government,” PCC president Kishore Upadhyay told reporters in Dehradun.
Upadhyaya made the party’s intentions clear on lodging an FIR for ‘maligning the state government’s reputation’ as they have failed to produce the original CD.
On 20 August, the PCC’s vice president, Bisht, had written to BJP President Amit Shah asking for the original CD and equipment used in the sting operation for forensic tests to prove its authenticity.
The sting CD shows Mohommad Shahid allegedly demanding bribe for changing state liquor policy. The release of the CD was followed by major controversies, which led to Senior IAS officer returning back to his home Cadre, Gujarat.
Congress spokesman Surendra Kumar attacked BJP leaders by saying, “The lease for mining in Uttarakhand is given as per the Mining Policy 2011, which had been implemented by the BJP in its last tenure. Those supporting the liquor and mining mafias should not make baseless allegations.”