The TV news channel sting operation against Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat government has taken a political colour.
Uttarakhand Congress has demanded making the videos of the sting operation public.
Incidentally, the channel was successful in making videos by using hidden camera of many persons known to be close to the Uttarakhand Chief Minister.
Acting on the complaint of Ayush Gaud, police arrested Umesh Kumar, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the channel. Kumar was sent to 10 days judicial remand on Monday.
In his interaction with the media, Gaud revealed that he conducted stings on additional chief secretary Omprakash and some close associates of Trivendra Rawat.
Uttarakhand Congress chief Pritam Singh said on Tuesday, “The state government should make the videos public. There are reports that the security of the CM will be increased. We don’t understand the logic behind it as this will create hindrance to public in meeting the Chief Minister.”
Uttarakhand BJP’s media in-charge Dr Devendra Bhasin said, “The act of creating political instability by conducting sting operation is a serious issue. Police has started investigation in the case. The probe will bring truth before public.”
Ex-Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, who was earlier rattled by a sting operation by Umesh Kumar earlier, has so far remained mum on the incident. It is assumed that the tv channel was successful in filming one close associate of Trivendra Rawat in some loose talk, but as the sting team performed the operation against an officer the situation turned alarming. Umesh Kumar was arrested and four others are co-accused in the case.
Gaud lodged a police complaint on 10 August and the cops acted after 79 days.
Most of the tapes are now with the police. The security of Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat is all set to be enhanced now.