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Accused MP threatens to sue TV channel
December 20, 2005 14:16 IST
Claiming he has been wrongly implicated in Star News's sting operation on the Local Area Development scheme scam, BJP MP Ramswarup Koli on Tuesday threatened to sue the television channel for naming him in 'without verification and inquiry'.
"I don't have any personal assistant named Om Prakash. My signature on the letterhead is forged. The videotapes do not show me and I have been wrongly implicated. There should be an inquiry into this," an apparently enraged Koli said after the weekly BJP Parliamentary Party meeting.
While the party suspended another MP involved in the controversy, they decided not to take action against Koli as the video footage did not show him taking money.
Claiming that he was in Rajasthan House when the video was purportedly shot, he said, "I will be forced to move the courts against Star News," he said.
"I don't sign on typed letters. For MPLAD scheme, I make the recommendation in my own writing," he said.
Maintaining that the people in his Bayana constituency of Rajasthan were 'hurt' by the allegations, Koli asked the channel to show his denial prominently.