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BJP attacks SIT, Congress CBI in honeytrap case

However, the Congress has pointed to the CBI’s “record” and said the central agency had earlier “saved” the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the controversial Vyapam probe.

, ET Bureau|
Oct 04, 2019, 10.04 AM IST
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Last month, five women and a man were arrested from Indore and Bhopal for allegedly running a honeytrap and blackmailing racket.
New Delhi: The BJP has urged the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh to call in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the alleged honeytrap scandal in the state, accusing the ruling party of “writing the script of the probe in the Congress office”.

However, the Congress has pointed to the CBI’s “record” and said the central agency had earlier “saved” the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the controversial Vyapam probe.

“Our SIT (special investigation team) is not like the CBI of the Shivraj Chouhan government, which gave a clean chit in the Vyapam probe,” state information and public relations minister PC Sharma said on Thursday, indicting the Kamal Nath government’s reluctance to hand over the probe to the CBI.

The state government has to inform the Indore High Court by October 21 if it wants the case to be sent to the CBI.

Last month, five women and a man were arrested from Indore and Bhopal for allegedly running a honeytrap and blackmailing racket.

The state BJP’s chief spokesperson, Lokendra Parashar, told ET that the CBI must take over the probe since the SIT’s credibility was low and the team had already been reconstituted thrice. “SIT was changed repeatedly as earlier teams were not able to deliver the agenda of the Kamal Nath government,” he said. “The team has never issued any statement. Only Congress leaders have been speaking on details of the probe. This shows that the script of the probe is being written in the Congress office.”

Sharma countered this, though, saying the “SIT’s hands have been strengthened” as a senior special director general-level officer Rajendra Kumar is in charge of the probe now instead of a “junior officer” and that the BJP only wants to save certain people by pressing for a CBI probe.

Questions are, however, being raised as the former SIT chief and additional DG, Sanjeev Shami, was removed from the job on the evening of the high court asking for a status report on the investigation from him. “Sanjeev Shami, IPS is the chairman of the special investigation team (SIT) who is monitoring the probe in respect of crime in question. Sanjeev Shami, IPS shall file a status report in respect of the investigation before the next date of hearing,” the court had ordered on October 1.
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