Chhattisgarh audio tape controversy: Election Commission orders probe, demands report to be submitted by Jan 7

The Election Commission has ordered probe over allegations that that money exchanged hands to ensure that the BJP won the Antagarh assembly byelection in 2014.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2015, 22:41 PM IST
Chhattisgarh audio tape controversy: Election Commission orders probe, demands report to be submitted by Jan 7

Raipur: The Election Commission has ordered probe over allegations that that money exchanged hands to ensure that the BJP won the Antagarh assembly byelection in 2014.

The EC has directed Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary to conduct an enquiry into the matter and has ordered to sumit report by January 07, 2016.

The Indian Express news daily on Wednesday ran a story on audio tapes that purportedly show that money exchanged hands to ensure that the BJP won the Antagarh assembly byelection in 2014.

Congress candidate Manturam Pawar had then withdrawn his candidature. In March this year, Pawar joined the BJP.

Over a year after the BJP got a walkover, audio tapes have emerged of purported conversations between key political players of both the BJP and the Congress.

Earlier in the day, the Congress demanded Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh's resignation.

"Tiil the probe is completed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court, it will be unfair for Raman Singh to continue as chief minister as he may influence it. He must resign from his post for a fair and transparent probe," Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press conference here.

"If there is any involvement of Congress leaders, it should also be probed," he added.

(With IANS inputs)