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RAW: Jain TV ‘Pakistani outfit’ and Dr Jain ‘ISI agent’
|According to a report by Harish Gupta in the Delhi edition of the Indian Express (23 November), prominent BJP leader and owner of Jain TV, Dr JK Jain, has complained to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee about an intelligence report which has allegedly branded him as an ISI agent.
In a letter written on November 18, Jain has alleged that because of the report, he and his company Jain TV "are being treated like the enemies of the nation by your government."
The Indian Express said that a copy of the report is in its possession. The letter says: "I have learnt from some of your cabinet colleagues that a report, which originated from the Research and Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat, has branded me a Pakistani agent and JAIN TV an ISI outfit."
Jain’s letter says the report was forwarded by the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. He says this "happened without the knowledge or approval of the Hon’ble Home Minister."
In the letter which points to the bitter factional feud within the ruling party and the government, Jain has alleged that he was told by a section of the PMO to vacate the Scindia Villa premises and hand it over to Vasundhara Raje Scindia. Jain has also alleged that JAIN TV survives under the constant threats and repeated visits by the Police and NDMC officials.
Jain also alleged that financial institutions and banks have been treating his firms unfairly. "My obedience to my leadership, my sense of discipline and commitment to the party, has entirely been mistaken by some as my weaknesses," Jain writes. "I have seen many Prime Ministers come and go…I had told your Principal Secretary that I don’t care for the Prime Minister, but I care for you and your orders. Not because you are the Prime Minister but because you are my beloved leader," he writes in the letter which refers to Brajesh Mishra at more than one point.
Jain writes that the relationship of love and trust between "our supreme leader and ordinary party workers" is shattered because of "political worms of vicious nature and wheelers and dealers in power politics". "But will you permit them to be so blatant as to brand workers like me as Pakistani agents and inflict indignities on me?" he says. "If India’s premier intelligence outfits like the Research and Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat are corrupted and their reports are manipulated to serve the petty personal interest of a few in power or to settle the scores on behalf of certain business houses, one must raise the issue where are we leading the country to?" he adds.
Jain says he wrote the letter as his request for an appointment with the PM received no response.