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Rane said he was threatened by Modi, Shah: AICC official

IANS  |  Panaji 

Vishwajit Rane, who featured in a controversial audio clip where he says that files linked to the Rafale deal are in Manohar Parrikar's bedroom, has been threatened with harm by top BJP leaders, said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a event in Panaji, Kumar also said that a day before quit the to join the in 2017, the lawmaker had met him and informed him about the threats to him and his family.

has, however, said that the claim made by Kumar was "rubbish".

"'They are after my family, they are after my life. That is the reason I (Vishwajit) am staying there'. He has told me many times. He has been calling me regularly for a year... I am ready to undergo any test. I am not telling any lies," Kumar said.

The added that and had been intimidating Rane, according to the latter.

Kumar also said that had resigned from the Congress under duress in order to save his family, which was under threat.

"'I want to save my family'. This is what he told me 24 hours before leaving the party," Kumar said.

Reacting to Kumar's comments, Rane accused the Congress of "speaking rubbish".

"I have never heard of anybody being threatened to join the BJP. This may be a part of Congress culture... What Chella Kumar is talking is rubbish and insane. It is only sheer frustration on the part of Chella Kumar," Rane said.

In the controversial audio clip, which created a ruckus in Parliament, Rane is heard telling a that Parrikar, a former Defence Minister, had in a meeting of Goa Ministers had said that files linked to the Rafale deal were stashed in his bedroom.

Rane has claimed the tape was doctored and Parrikar has denied making the comment.

While Rane has demanded a police probe into the affair in a letter to the Chief Minister, of Police Muktesh Chander has said that no such instruction had been received from the to probe whether the audio clip was genuine or doctored.

The Congress, meanwhile, has demanded the sacking of Rane and a probe by central agencies in a letter to



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:42 IST