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Centre, BJP conspiring to hush up stalking case: Surjewala

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused the Central and the of "conspiring to hush up" a case against the chief's son, accused of stalking a woman in

media incharge Randeep Surjewala said the Police comes directly under the Union home ministry and they are trying to protect State president Subhash Barala and his son.

He demanded an answer from Prime Minister Modi and BJP chief why the BJP leader and his son were being "protected".

"The Union home ministry, which directly controls UT Administration and UT Police of Chandigarh, is conspiring to hush up the entire matter so as to protect the State and his son.

"Will Prime Minister Modi, answer to the nation as to why BJP state President and his children are being protected in this fashion," Surjewala said.

He also accused Police DSP Satish Kumar, probing the case, of changing his statement within hours, allegedly at the behest of the Central

The also released three videos of the DSP's statement and the woman narrating the incident.

Surjewala said the police was saying that the footage of CCTV cameras, showing the stalking incident was not available.

"Even before you have registered a case under correct sections, the CCTV footage has gone. Does it not show that the Union is giving diktats to protect the Haryana BJP president and his son?" he said.

He accused the BJP of adopting double standards, saying when a similar incident happened involving the son of a senior minister in Haryana government a few years ago, the current Home Minister as the then National BJP President had demanded his resignation, which the had accepted.

"Why double standards are being adopted by the BJP is a question that the country wants the Prime Minister, BJP President and others to answer," he said.

The Congress leader also asked if the BJP government and the UT Administration answer as to how all those CCTV cameras have stopped functioning and how all the CCTV footage had gone missing.

"Is that the transparency that Prime Minister Modi speaks about? And we have also released the video of the girl in question and this young girl has clearly said that she has stated so before the Magistrate in a statement under 164 and she is saying so again on camera that there was a clear cut unequivocal attempt to abduct her. But why has no FIR been lodged?" he asked.

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First Published: Mon, August 07 2017. 17:28 IST