In a sting operation carried out by independent journalist Pushp Sharma, BJP leaders have been caught purportedly attempting to derail the trial in the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case, where former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah is an accused. The journalist has also filed a PIL in the Supreme Court based on the secretly taped conversations with BJP leaders such as General Secretary Ram Lal, spokesperson Prakash Javadekar and Rajya Sabha member Bhupender Yadav.
“These leaders were trying to procure an unsigned Vakalatnama of Tulsi Prajapati’s mother (Narmada bi). They wanted to derail the trial by changing the statement of the complainant – in this case the mother – through their own lawyer… Prakash Javdekar can be seen saying that Modi is in the know,” said Sharma, addressing a press conference. “Even party General Secretary Ram Lal asked me to carry out the job with dedication,” he added.
The ‘operation Vakalatnama’ that started in May 2010 and ended in August 2012, involved Sharma posing as someone who wants to work for BJP, in order to get access to these leaders. During the operation, Sharma alleges, he taped BJP leaders trying to protect Amit Shah from punishment.
Prakash Javadekar refused to comment on the matter. TEHELKA could not establish contact with General Secretary Ram Lal or Bhupender Yadav.
Tulsi Prajapati, an aide of another encounter victim Sohrabuddin Sheikh with criminal antecedents, was killed in an alleged fake encounter on 27 December 2006.