BJP, Cong spar over sleaze CD row in Chhattisgarh

CBI probe will reveal all facts: Chhattisgarh CM
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Raipur
30 Oct 2017

Amid the controversy over a "sex CD" allegedly involving a Chhattisgarh minister, the ruling BJP today said technology should be used in politics but not for "destructive purposes", while the Congress asserted truth needs to reach to the people in this age of transparency.

The "sex CD" allegedly involving Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munat sparked a row after senior journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the state police last Friday on charges of blackmailing and extortion related to the CD. Though the state government recommended a CBI probe the very next day, the Congress and the BJP have traded charges over the issue since the arrest. BJP MLA and spokesperson Shivratan Sharma today said: "No one is against the use of technology in politics. But it should be used for constructive purpose and not destructive." "A CD should be used for disseminating ideology and other information but not vulgar things."

Claiming that the alleged sex video was morphed and tampered with, Sharma alleged the Congress used the technology for "character assassination" of a political leader, which should not be done. Meanwhile, Leader of Opposition in the Chhattisgarh Assembly, T S Singhdeo, said investigative journalism is not a new thing and is being practised for decades. People believe there should be no restriction in bringing out the truth in this transparent age, he added. "There is nothing wrong in exposing something which is wrong, though the publication of false and fake information is absolutely inappropriate and should not be done," he added. State revenue minister Prem Prakash Pandey had on Saturday said the CD was "fake" and a local TV channel had mentioned in its report that it had been tampered with. Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police last Friday morning from his Ghaziabad residence.

The senior journalist had claimed that the Chhattisgarh government suspected that he had a "sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister rajesh Munat" and that is why he was being framed. Munat called the CD "fake" and an attempt at character assassination. Munat had on Saturday filed a complaint against state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Verma for allegedly tarnishing his image through the "fake" sex CD. Meanwhile, accusing the Congress of playing "cheap politics" for power, Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh today said the CBI inquiry recommended by his government into the "sex CD" row allegedly involving a state minister will bring out all facts.

"We could not even imagine that the Congress will play such cheap politics for power. We are also in politics and consider this a medium to serve the people. Our party can never think of committing immoral acts for political gains," Singh told newspersons at his official residence. "The CBI inquiry has been recommended to reveal all the facts," the chief minister said.