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Kirron Kher, BJP trying to defame me: Bansal

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Kumar Bansal, the candidate from seat and former Kumar Tuesday accused his BJP rival of attempting to defame him.

vent his ire against the BJP and its sitting in after the Tuesday attached Rs 89.68 lakh cash in a money laundering case involving his nephew.

"Dragging me mischievously in a case of which I am a prosecution witness, proves that the BJP has already smelled defeat in Hence, and her party are now trying all desperate means to defame me," he told reporters here.

The ED, in a statement, said it has issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to freeze the "bribe" money, which according to it was "proceeds of crime".

said, "Six years back, the case filed against me by CBI when I was the was blown out of proportion. For over eight hours I was interrogated by the CBI but nothing was found against me. On the contrary, I was made the prosecution witness in that case completely acquitting me of all the charges."

"Had I got anything to do with that case, do you think the BJP government over the last five years would have spared me?" he posed.

Bansal alleged that ever since his name was announced as the Congress' Chandigarh candidate, the BJP has been trying hard to "smear" his name in one way or the other.

"The BJP has already accepted defeat. Otherwise, instead of finding ways to attack me, they would have concentrated on talking about their own achievements. The truth is that the sitting has done nothing for the development of Chandigarh," he said.

Chandigarh alleged that the BJP had "stooped to the lowest level of dirty politics".

"Recently, has been served with two show cause notices by the poll panel. It seems the BJP has lost its balance. Amit Shah's rally in Chandigarh has already turned out to be a faux pas. Nothing is working for them," he said.

Chhabra claimed this was an old case which has no relevance now and is a deliberate move by the BJP to defame Bansal since they have nothing to say against him.

"It is a deliberate attempt to divert the attention of the voters from their failures to something which does not hold true. She (Kher) is using which she could not use for people's good," he alleged.

The cash was allegedly seized by the CBI from the office of Bansal's nephew in 2013 in a bribery and corruption case related to appointments at top positions in the railways.

The ED filed a separate criminal case based on CBI's FIR and charge sheet against Railway (Staff) Mahesh Kumar, Vijay Singla, and seven others.

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First Published: Tue, May 07 2019. 21:40 IST