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Concerted effort to discredit people in high positions: Shakeel Ahmed

"This report by a social media should also be probed as Kejriwal should also come clean," Ahmed said.

Written by Agencies | Ranchi | Published: October 17, 2012 8:53:38 pm

In a veiled attack on Arvind Kejriwal and his associates,Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed today alleged a concerted effort was being made to discredit people sitting in responsible positions and the people or the organisations behind it should be ‘exposed’.

“A concerted effort has been launched to discredit people in responsible positions. The recent sting operation (on a news channel) should be seen whether there is any political connection to it or connected to any business interests,” Ahmed,AICC spokesman,said here.

“Many things will be cleared if there is any level of probe that would satisfy all the people,” he said when asked to comment on allegations pertaining to corruption cropping up almost every week.

Supporting Press Council of India Chairman Justice Markandey Katju who had asked the Boardcasting Standard Association to probe the sting operation by a TV channel on alleged misuse of funds by an NGO,Ahmed demanded a probe should also cover functioning of several other non-governmental organisations too.

“Team Anna had in its draft proposal of Jan Lokpal Bill not included NGOs because several of its members are running NGOs,” he said and quoted a social media report how Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal “fell out” following a dispute over funds ‘collected’ during their agitation.

“This report by a social media should also be probed as Kejriwal should also come clean,” Ahmed said.

Dismissing Kejriwal’s allegations against Robert Vadra,the son-in-law of AICC President Sonia Gandhi,on his business deals,Ahmed said all the allegations were denied in writing by Haryana government and the DLF realty estate.

“There are over 200 people in Delhi with a business of Rs 500 crore. Why Kejriwal targeted only Robert Vadra? Because he is a relative of our president and is an indirect attack on Congress,” Ahmed said.

Commenting on the recent verbal duel at a press conference in Delhi between Union Minister Salman Khurshid and reporters of a TV channel over a sting operation on an NGO,Ahmed asked the media for a serious introspection on such serious issues.

“A new trend in the media has developed,projecting sensational news so that the people would read it thinking it is not ‘paid news’ while dubbing anything positive as paid news,” he claimed.

He also questioned whether any influence had been exerted to create sensational news for political gain or business interest.

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