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Bhujbal points finger at Centre

December 18, 2003 01:53 IST

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Wednesday sought a probe into the alleged involvement of central ministers and bureaucrats in helping stamp scam accused Abdul Karim Telgi procure printing machines from the Nashik-based India Security Press.

"How were the printing machines taken out of the ISP? Maybe some ministers or bureaucrats are responsible..." Bhujbal, who was discharged from Mumbai's Breach Candy Hospital, said.

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"The machines for printing currency may also have been taken out," he said.

He criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena combine for levelling "baseless charges" against him and said the racket flourished during the erstwhile saffron rule.

"Our government has unearthed the scam. We are going to the root of the racket," he added.

He denied reports that the Nationalist Congress Party high command had asked him to resign.

Bhujbal, who was admitted to the hospital on Monday following chest pain, said he would return to Nagpur on Thursday to attend the winter session of the state legislature.

Asked to comment on the Bombay high court's decision to dismiss the state government's application to transfer the probe from the Special Investigation Team to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Bhujbal said: "The government made the application only because Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, Maharashtra Governor Mohammed Fazal and the opposition in the state had demanded it."

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