‘UPA govt clean chit behind ex-top cop’s anti-Modi tirade’

The BJP on Thursday alleged that former Gujarat DGP R B Sreekumar's (RBS) tirade against BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over the last few years has been part of a political "quid pro quo" by the retired police officer in lieu of a clean chit granted to him by the Congress-led UPA government in connection with the ISRO spy case allegedly "fabricated" by the officer against "a brilliant rocket scientist".

"In 1999, Government of India initiated disciplinary proceedings against the IPS officer (Sreekumar) and was served a chargesheet that includes physically taking over possession of the accused persons (in ISRO espionage case) from the lawful custody of Kerala Police without completing legal formalities and conducted independent investigation disassociating the Kerala Police," BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi reminded, pointing out, "However, things changed dramatically in the second half of 2004 when the UPA Government came to power... Sreekumar was given a clean chit. On 13th December, 2004, MHA issued an order dropping 7 out of the 9 charges without even conducting any enquiry whatsoever".

The scientist, Nambi Narayanan, was later cleared in the espionage case.

The BJP spokesperson asserted that Sreekumar's tirade against Modi, in concert with social activist Teesta Setalvad, was "part of the deal" with the Congress government at the Centre. "As a part of the quid pro quo, RBS was expected to launch a tirade full of lies and untruths against the BJP Government in Gujarat for political reasons. Apparently, Sreekumar honoured his part of the deal with his political suitors and continues to do the same even today," Lekhi alleged.

Addressing a press conference, Lekhi played the CD of an alleged telephone conversation between Rais Khan, a former associate of social activist Teesta Setalvad, and Sreekumar to claim Sreekumar was working in tandem with Setalvad against the Modi-led Gujarat government.

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