On Monday, the Congress released a video clip claiming it was footage of a purported 2012 “diary” of former Karnataka CM B S Yeddyurappa. It claimed that the names of several top BJP leaders are mentioned in the “diary” against which alleged payments are marked and that these payments were made by Yeddyurappa when he was CM.
The party also demanded a Lokpal probe into the alleged Yeddyurappa ‘diary’ and said PM Modi should comment on the veracity of the diary’s contents, failing which it should put the former CM behind bars. On March 22, the Congress had raked up the issue of the “so-called diary” and claimed that Yeddyurappa had paid Rs 1,800 crore to the BJP top leadership between May 2008 to July 2011. It had claimed that the diary was in the possession of the Income Tax department.
Congress legal eagle Kapil Sibal also asked the I-T department to act on ‘Yeddyurappa diary’ which has been in its custody since 2012. “I-T and ED officials should question the ministers whose names are in the diaries and the money trail of this black money should be found out,” Sibal said, alleging that if contents of the diary are correct, it means the BJP leadership had accepted bribes of over Rs 1,800 crore. “Since the Lokpal has been constituted, it should investigate this matter… There should be a complete investigation… This in itself is a cognizable offense… the Prime Minister should clarify,” Sibal said. He also asked the I-T Department to act on the diary.