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Feb 06, 2013 at 02:11pm IST

UP: Gonda SP who exposed SP minister for helping cattle smugglers transferred

New Delhi: After an expose showed an Uttar Pradesh minister caught on camera helping cattle smugglers in Gonda, the Superintendent of Police who conducted the sting investigation has been transferred and attached to the UP DGP's office.

Gonda Superintendent of Police (SP) Navneet Rana has been transferred and attached to the DGP office after carrying out a sing operation on Samajwadi Party National Secretary and UP Council of Sugarcane Research Vice-Chairman KC Pandey, who enjoys the status of a minister of state. HN Singh is the new SP of Gonda now.

Pandey was caught in a sting operation asking Rana to help cattle smugglers. The phone conversation was recorded by the police. The minister, however, dismissed the allegations against him and said that he would file a case against Rana who carried out the sting for defaming him.

"I have asked the government to investigate the matter. They should also investigate the SP of Gonda. I will take legal action and file a defamation suit against the SP of Gonda," Pandey said.

Meanwhile, no action has been taken against the minister. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav dismissed the sting operation by saying it was carried out during the Bahujan Samaj Party regime. "This sting was carried out during the BSP's regime. We will look into it," Akhilesh Yadav said.