New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday took head-on Digvijay Singh's challenge for a probe into her alleged business relations with the Reddy brothers and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should appoint the Congress general secretary himself to investigate the matter. READ MORE: CBI arrests Janardhan Reddy, kin; seizes Rs 4.5 crore cash, 30 kg gold
Denying any relations with the mining barons either in the past or at present, Swaraj said, "I welcome this statement of Digvijay Singh and I want that this probe should definitely be done so that the truth comes out as only when the truth comes out will I get justice."
One of the mining barons, Janardhan Reddy was arrested on Monday by the CBI in a case of illegal mining.
She sought to throw Prime Minister Singh's recent statement in the Lok Sabha- where he had said Leader of Opposition can hold any inquiry against him and find out for herself if he had indulged in any corrupt practices- back at the government and the Congress, saying he could order a similar probe against her.
"Government can hold any probe against me through any agency. Or as the Prime Minister had himself made the offer in the House that Leader of Opposition can investigate the matter, I now say the Prime Minister can himself hold any investigations against me," Swaraj said.
Taking the fight further into the Congress camp, she suggested that the Prime Minister could even appoint some leader as his representative to conduct the probe.
"If the Prime Minister appoints Digvijay Singh as his representative for such a probe, I will be most happy as then Digvijay Singh can satisfy his curiosity by conducting his own investigations," Swaraj said. She further reiterated that she had "nothing to do with the Reddy brothers, neither in the past nor now".
Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha S S Ahluwalia accused the government of using the CBI against anybody who is not in line with its thinking. He maintained that BJP has "nothing to do" with the business interests of Janardhan Reddy or his arrest.
"This is a case related to the business dealings of the Reddy brothers. There are scores of cases of illegal mining. Once the verdict is out we will react," Ahluwalia said.
When told that this arrest would put BJP on a weak wicket in its fight against corruption, Ahluwalia said Janardhan Reddy is not a part of the newly formed Sadanand Gowda cabinet in Karnataka. He was the Tourism Minister in B S Yeddyurappa government.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman also reacted to the arrest, saying though there are several cases being investigated by CBI it gets activated only on certain cases.
"A pattern is emerging in all this. CBI becomes hyper active in some cases.... like all those who stood with Anna Hazare, or in the case of Amit Shah (former Gujarat Home Minister). These seem to be politically motivated and CBI is being used against political opponents," Sitharaman said.
On the other hand, CBI has taken no action in cases involving Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, or former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi Maran, or the Union ministers involved in Adarsh Housing Society scam, or even against Manipur Chief Minister Ibobi Singh.
Probe ties of Sushma with Reddys: Digvijay
Earlier Congress leader Digvijay Singh demanded a probe into alleged "business ties" of top BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and M Venkaiah Naidu with Reddy brothers following the arrest of former Karnataka minister Janardhan Reddy in a mining scam.
"We have been saying from the beginning. Sushma Swaraj has business relations with them (Reddys). Venkaiah Naidu has business relations with them. This is what we said from the beginning," Singh told reporters in Jammu on Monday.
"They (Reddys) were virtually running an unchallenged empire there. What happened today, should have happened three years ago," the Congress general secretary said.
Hazare a mask of RSS: Digvijay
Digvijay Singh also attacked Anna Hazare and his team, alleging that the activist was a "mask of RSS like yoga guru Ramdev" and was being used to divert attention from the arrest of Sangh members in terror cases.
The Lokpal issue, Singh told reporters in Jammu, was raked up "to divert the attention of the people from the arrests of various RSS activists in connection with terrorism and others in corruption cases.
"They (BJP and RSS) formulated this plan. First they made Baba Ramdev as its mask and them Anna," he alleged.
He said, "I respect Anna Hazare as he is Gandhian but, unfortunately, he is surrounded
by wrong people."
To a question about his allegation against Team Anna member Arvind Kejrewal, he said, "Kejrewal is still a government employee. Government has not accepted his resignation. He is still an officer of Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
He said the government "has respected Team Anna and invited them to the drafting committee but it was opposition which had problem with it, not us."
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday took head-on Digvijay Singh's challenge for a probe into her alleged business relations with the Reddy brothers and said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should appoint the Congress general secretary himself to investigate the matter.
READ MORE: CBI arrests Janardhan Reddy, kin; seizes Rs 4.5 crore cash, 30 kg gold