Liquor scam CD: IAS leaves, CM attacks BJP

Liquor scam CD: IAS leaves, CM attacks BJP

bjp+harishrawat_2911Dehradun, Aug 11 - The liquor CD sting issue continued to dominate the political scene in Uttarakhand with Chief Minister Harish Rawat once again daring the opposition BJP to stop taking political mileage out of the issue, to own up its role in its making and produce the evidences to help in holding a probe into it. Addressing a press conference here today, Mr Rawat said the BJP was making a hue and cry over the issue but had not owned up that it was behind the alleged sting operation. Stating that the Supreme Court had ruled that only media can make a sting, Mr Rawat said the BJP must provide the facts like which media house made the CD, by which equipment, by whom, when, where and how, so that a ''fair'' probe can be made. ''I am even ready to get a judicial probe, if the cabinet recommended,'' he said. At present, Principal Secretary Omprakash is entrusted with the inquiry.

Meanwhile,Leader of the Opposition in Uttarakhand assembly Ajay Bhatt today lambasted Chief Minister Harish Rawat for ''repeatedly asking BJP to own up the CD in which his secretary is trying to strike a liquor deal''. He advised the Chief Minister not to rake his head over the matter and recommend a CBI probe, if he really wants the truth to come out. ''The CBI would find out who made the CD, when, where, on whose behest and who all are involved in the liquor scam,'' Mr Bhatt said. ''The journalist has owned up to making the CD saying he wanted to expose the rampant corruption in the state. The state government had even demolished his property, now what else is left?,'' he asked. The CD had exposed in the public that such illegal dealings were going on in the CM’s office, he said. He, however, raised doubts about the government’s intentions, saying that first it had ''made history'' by entrusting the probe against a secretary to CM to another principal secretary to CM, which did not proceed an inch in over a week. ''Now, in yet another manoeuvre to hoodwink the public, Mr Rawat is saying he would order a judicial probe after seeking cabinet’s recommendation. How would the ministers recommend judicial probe against their own government?'' Mr Bhatt asked. He also described as appropriate the Department of Personnel and Training (DOPT) to call back IAS Mohammed Shahid who was allegedly seen in the CD sting trying to strike an illegal liquor deal worth Rs 100 crore.

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