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Feb 04, 2013 at 08:06am IST

UP minister caught on camera helping cattle smugglers, no action taken yet

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh minister KC Pandey has been caught in a sting operation asking a Superintendent of Police to help cattle smugglers. What's more is that the phone conversation was recorded by none other than the police.

The minister, however, has dismissed the allegations against him and said that he will file a case against the SP 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.

However, Akhilesh Yadav's statement contradicted the police statement. The police said that the sting was carried out in December 2012 during the Samajwadi Party regime.

"The police had confiscated cattle from a truck in Gonda in December. It was then that we conducted this sting and recorded everything on camera," ADG of police Arun Kumar said.

The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the SP over the incident. "The SP keeps giving such people importance. These leaders abuse their position for gains," BJP leader Hriday Narayan Dikshit said.