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By Aarti Dhar
Talking to reporters here today, Mr. Advani said the CBI would certainly ascertain whether or not Mr. Judev was guilty of accepting a bribe, and if it was a `sting operation' to defame an individual, who was behind it and what was the motive. "This is not even an allegation, just a report appearing in a newspaper. The CBI will also have to ascertain who `Rahul' shown in the VCD as agent of an Australian mining company is. If he had a complaint he could have come out openly with a complaint,'' he said.
"It is for the first time that Indian politics and elections have been influenced by sting operations,'' he said. But Mr. Advani was hopeful that the people would not be influenced by the episode and Mr. Judev's response would get him sympathy. It will not affect the outcome of the Assembly elections, he said.
Asked whether the incident had embarrassed the BJP in view of the coming elections, Mr. Advani said it had, on the contrary, raised the esteem of the party in the eyes of the people. "Compare the response of the BJP and the Congress in such cases. They are a study in contrast,'' he said, adding that Mr. Judev would continue to be the BJP's star campaigner in the coming elections and all BJP leaders would share the platform with him.
On the doubts being raised by the Opposition over the CBI's credibility, he said he was more concerned about the people and not the Opposition or their opinion of the CBI.
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