BJP raking up 19-yr-old case to generate political capital for Modi: Sreekumar

Says govt targeting him after Modi visited Kerela for election rally

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: November 12, 2013 2:59:58 am

Retired Director General of Police R B Sreekumar,in a statement on Monday,said that BJP was raking up the controversial ISRO spy case after 19 years because he had submitted substantial evidence against its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his role in the 2002 riots.

He said that while the BJP was complaining about UPA government ignoring the CBI report against IB officials’ role in the ISRO espionage case,even though it was in fact the NDA government that had ignored this report,its efforts to shield top intelligence officials in the fake encounter cases under investigation by the CBI were evident.

“In contrast are the visible herculean efforts by the BJP to shield IB officials like Rajendra Kumar,former JD-SIB Ahmedabad and Sudhir Kumar,former Additional Director,Mumbai,from CBI action against them,though they were allegedly responsible for conspiring and executing fake encounter killings of many Muslim youth in 2002 and 2003,” Sreekumar said.

Reacting to allegations by BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi that Sreekumar had falsely implicated ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan during his deputation in the Central Intelligence Bureau in 1994,and that he had “played into the hands of the American spy organization Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),and had thereby damaged or decelerated the pace of India’s Space Programs”,Sreekumar said this blame game stems from Modi’s last Kerala visit.

In his note,Sreekumar said,“Reasons for the BJP wailing over the plight of NN (Nambi Narayanan),after 19 years,without any additional evidence,are obvious. During Narendra Modi’s last visit to Kerala (perhaps in April 2013),NN had a meeting with him (NN had admitted this to the media). Reportedly,a conspiracy to stamp on RBS (Sreekumar) the whole blame for NN’s arrest was hatched at this meeting,for nothing more than generating political capital for Narendra Modi,since RBS is a known critic of Modi since 2007.”

Sreekumar also said that he did not interrogate Narayanan,a scientist with Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,in this case,and that he had only interrogated D Sasikumaran,another scientist at VSSC and Mariam Rashida,a female officer with the Maldivian secret service arrested by the Kerela police.

To Lekhi’s allegation that Sreekumar was associated with Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP),a rights organisation,led by Teesta Setalvad,he retorted: “CJP is not a banned organization like Lashkar-e-Toiba,Jaish-e-Mohammed or Bhindrawale Tiger Force.”

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