New Delhi: Saying that forgery doesn’t influence voters who are “wiser than politicians”, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday hit out at the Congress for passing off “forged and fabricated photocopies” as former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa’s diaries. (Also read: Jaitley Attacks Sam Pitroda Over Balakot Airstrike Comment)
Jaitley was responding to the Congress’ demand for an investigation by the newly constituted Lokpal into a report by The Caravan magazine which claimed that Yeddyurappa had paid bribes amounting to Rs 1,800 crore to party leadership between May 2008 and July 2011.
In his blog post ‘The Opposition’s ‘Caravan’ Achieves a New Low – From Falsehood to Forgery’, the Finance Minister said, “The forged and fabricated photocopies manufactured and provided by the Congress Party were passed off as BSY’s diary. Falsehood and forgeries can never influence a poll. Just as voters are wiser than politicians, they are also wiser than those who ride on the ‘caravan’ of falsehood and forgeries.”
Pointing a finger at the media, he said, “If the right to publish is a part of free speech, equally the right to live with honour and reputation is an essential ingredient of the Right to Life. Both are Fundamental Rights. One cannot override the other.”
The minister went on to accuse some media organisations also of endorsing falsehoods. “The documents appear to be a self-serving forgery of the Congress Party and its leader,” he said. “The ‘caravan’ of falsehood was ready for a ‘Rahul Bailout’,” he said.
“I was personally saddened when a media organisation which had come out with distinction in Bofors investigations, became a perpetrator of the Rafale falsehood,” he added.
Faced with the Congress fire, Yeddyurappa on Friday had said that the said diary was found to be fake by the Income Tax department. “IT department officials have already probed the issue to find that the documents and handwritten notes and signatures are forged,” he had said, adding that he mulled filing a defamation case as well.