In his anticipatory bail plea, Tejpal said he had exposed corruption in defence deals in 2001 due to which BJP's then president Bangaru Laxman as well as then defence minister had to resign and he and Tehelka have been targeted due to this.

"The bias of BJP against the applicant (Tejpal) is well known fact and has earlier been nastily manifested in a manner in which Tehelka was targeted post its expose on corrupt defence deals in 2001 and was forced to shut down operations for over three years as well as many of its employees being implicated in false criminal cases," he said in his plea.

"The mannerism and the scale in which BJP has unleashed the wrath of its vengeance upon the applicant in grab of the present FIR is synonymous to the previous attempts of the BJP to malign and target the applicant and the same is apparent by the statements issued by various party leaders including the present Chief Minister of Goa," the plea filed before Justice Sunita Gupta said.

The court, however, refused to grant interim protection against arrest to him and asked the counsel for Goa Police to file its reply, if any, and fixed the hearing for Wednesday. Tejpal, in his bail plea, also said that he had conducted various sting operations against "prominent members" of the political executive of BJP and had openly exposed "various illegal/criminal acts committed by them".

"It is pertinent to note that applicant (Tejpal) exposed then President of BJP (Bangaru Laxman) in 2001 for committing corruption in defence deals as a result of which the party president as well as the then defence minister of then Union Government had to resign," he said.

"Furthermore, the applicant was also instrumental in exposing the role of prominent party leaders and the manner in which BJP was attempting to buy over crucial eye witnesses and scuttle fair investigation in the Gujarat riots case," the plea said.

He also claimed that the investigating agency is turning "a blind eye" to please its political masters and are not conducting the probe in a fair manner. "The examination of the CCTV footage of Hotel Hyatt, Goa for November 7 and 8, 2013 will not only unveil the concoction but will also establish the innocence of applicant (Tejpal).

"The factum contained in the aforementioned CCTV footage is well within the knowledge of the present investigating agency, however, the investigating agency, in its endevaor to please its political masters is turning a blind eye to it in abrogation of its primary duty, ie to conduct a fair investigation and reveal the truth," the plea said.


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