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His statements cannot be taken at face value, says spokesperson

NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday rejected as "totally baseless" the charge levelled by Pravin Mahajan, accused in the BJP leader Pramod Mahajan murder case, that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have known about unsavoury goings-on at the official residence of the slain BJP leader who was an MP and earlier a minister in his government.

The party spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, was reacting to the allegation made by Pravin Mahajan in Mumbai. Mr. Pravin Mahajan had alleged that Mr. Vajpayee would have known about the official residence being misused and did nothing about it.

He also said that the two events the shooting of Pramod Mahajan in Mumbai and the subsequent death of his secretary Bibek Moitra in Delhi, when his son Rahul Mahajan and Moitra allegedly consumed narcotic drugs at Pramod Mahajan's official residence were connected.

Pravin Mahajan also vaguely talked about the role of "tentwallahs" seen as a reference to BJP leader Sudhanshu Mittal, who had free access to 7, Race Course Road when Mr. Vajpayee occupied it as Prime Minister, as also to Pramod Mahajan's residence.

Mr. Prasad made it clear that the BJP need not react every time Pravin Mahajan made some allegations.

After all, he had been charged with the murder of his own brother Pramod Mahajan.

He suggested that his statements could not be taken at face value.

He referred to the selective leaks by the police to the media in the high profile case of drug abuse against Rahul Mahajan and the investigation into the death of Moitra.

The police investigation, he said, needed to be more transparent.