Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar speaks with The New Indian Express Editorial Director Prabhu Chawla on the Tarun Tejpal case and the snoopgate scandal besides a slew of other issues during Teekhi Baat on IBN7. Excerpts:
Why is there an impression that you have made the Tejpal case a special one?
I didn’t even raise the issue; it came from the media, the victim had sent an email
That was known after 10 days.
True. There is no way police can understand what happened between two people in the lift unless the victim complains. The moment the victim complained, everything came in the media. We immediately investigated and lodged a case.
There is an impression that you are acting tough against him because Bangaru Laxman went to jail due to Tehelka.
I didn’t raise the issue; it was first raised by the victim.
The girl raised it with the employers, but you filed the FIR.
After reading the email, one can infer a crime has happened. When a crime happens, police register an FIR. The girl has also given statement before the magistrate under Section 164.
He is a favourite of Goa government as your government gave money for Think festival.
Last year, Goa tourism gave them only `3 lakh. When any programme is held in Goa, we participate in it.
This year too you gave Rs 3 lakh.
No, it was sanctioned, but after this incident happened, I have issued instructions not to give.
You were the first one in the BJP to say Modi is the ideal PM candidate. Now when you link that to the action taken in the Tehelka case, people think Tehelka is Modi’s number one enemy. You are a known Modi bhakt.
I am a BJP bhakt, I am a desh-bhakt. In the party’s interest, I feel that Modi as PM candidate is perfect decision.
Your party did a protest outside Shoma Chaudhury’s house, hence it seems that it is politically motivated.
If you see the history of Tehelka, they have raised issues only against BJP leaders. There were so many scams during Congress tenure, but they didn’t do any sting operation against them. There was a feeling among some leaders that he was targetting the BJP. That is not what I feel; as a CM, my role is simple—justice be given to the girl.
A sting operation also happened against Modi, but his government did not file an FIR. Your government did.
The sting operation that a woman’s phone was being monitored.
I don’t think there is any strength in the allegation.
But he should also have registered an FIR.
No, I feel that issue is completely different. Let them do what they want to do. I am very sure, that they must have tried sting operation on me also in the past five-six days. I am very positive about it. Earlier they tried too. There has been an attempt definitely. But when will a sting operation be successful? Only when there is something worth hiding.