UP govt recommends CBI probe into CD issue

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Lucknow, Mar 12: Claiming that Bahujan Samaj Party has nothing to do with the controversial CD, Uttar Pradesh government today recommended a CBI probe into the disc named 'Tisri Azadi' and lodged an FIR against a private news channel for telecasting it.

Chief Minister Mayawati announced the government's decision to hand over the case to the CBI as it involves a sitting BSP MP Lalmani Prasad of Basti.

''The term of reference of the CBI probe would be to find out the makers of the controversial CD and the people who were involved in its distribution in several parts of the country'', she said. The CM said an FIR had also been registered at Basti against a private news channel for telecasting the CD.

Addressing a press conference, Ms Mayawati held the Congress, BJP and Shiv Sena of Maharashtra responsible for the controversial CD as it was made in Maharashtra. She also asked the Samajwadi Party why it did not take notice of the CD which was available through the internet in 2006.

She claimed that no party worker or leader in the entire country were involved in the CD case. BSP MP Lalmani Prasad, whose name was dragged in the case, had said that he was attached with Dr Ambedkar Samaj Sudharak Sansthan before he joined the BSP.

Clarifying the party's stand on the Opposition allegations, the BSP supremo said the party was strictly following the ideology of Sarva Samaj and it was the conspiracy of the opponent political parties to confuse the upper caste who had joined the BSP.

The CD prepared by one Ambedkar Samaj Sudharak Sansthan is said to contain objectionable references about upper caste and against Hindu deities.

Opposition parties in the state had launched several protest against the CD and blamed the ruling party for supporting the circulation of the material for its own vested interest. The matter was also raised in both Houses of the State Legislature yesterday.

Meanwhile, it would be the eighth recommendation for a CBI probe by the Mayawati government in the recent past. Earlier, the government recommended CBI probes into the foodgrain scam, police recruitment scam, Sashi Rani murder case of Faizabad, Raju Pal murder case and BJP CD case among others.


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