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Cong seeks Lokpal probe into Yeddyurappa 'diary', demands answers from PM

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday demanded a probe into former chief B S Yeddyurappa's 'diary' and asked Prime to answer whether its contents were correct, else put the former CM behind the bars.

Addressing a press conference, senior asked the to act on the "Yeddyurappa diary" which has been in its custody since 2012, soon after the BJP relinquished the charge of the chief of

"The I-T and ED officials should question the ministers whose names are written in the diaries and the money trail of this black money should be found out," Sibal said.

He alleged that if the contents of the diary is correct, all top BJP leadership is involved in allegedly accepting bribes to the tune of over Rs 1,800 crore, as written in the diary.

Sibal also played a video of the "original diary" of Yeddyurappa showing the names of BJP leaders and others in the diary's contents written in Kannada. He, however, did not take any responsibility for the contents of the video.

"We had demanded a probe and since the has been constituted, this should be the first probe by it," Sibal told reporters, adding the has powers to take cognizance of the matter suo motu under the act.

"We want that the should publicly tell if this is correct or not... The should answer. If the says Yeddyurappa is speaking a lie, then why should he not be arrested. If this (contents of diary) is true then it is a very serious issue and why should Yeddyurappa not be arrested. There should be a thorough probe," he said.

Sibal said no one can hide the truth which will come out once there is an independent and thorough probe into the entire matter and asked the and the to start investigation.

He also demanded that the witnesses in the matter be questioned.

Taking a swipe at the BJP, the former Union minister said had the names of the opposition leaders been written in the diary and had it been recovered from an opposition leader, the BJP would have gone all out to attack them and a probe would have been ordered.

"They make money to the tune of crores through noteban and they should make us stand in the dock instead. What kind of is this," he asked.

The also alleged that Modi's claim of a scam-free government had fallen flat and a number of scams had taken place during his tenure.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 20:20 IST
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