Uttaranchal Minister demands Karat's apology, CBI probe

Uttaranchal Minister demands Karat's apology, CBI probe
New Delhi, Jan 5 (PTI) The Uttaranchal Government today rubbished CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat's allegation against yoga guru Ramdev and demanded a CBI probe to find out whether there was any foul play by her in the whole episode.

Asserting that the CPI(M) leader's allegation has hurt the sentiments of the people of Uttaranchal and followers of the spiritual leader, state level minister and Congress leader Dhirendra Pratap also demanded a public apology from her on the issue.

"The State Health Ministry had conducted an inquiry last year when the issue first came to light and no irregularities were found," he told reporters here, a day after Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said the medicine samples presented by Karat did test positive for animal and human parts.

Pratap raised doubts about the medicine samples collected by Karat and sought a CBI inquiry to ascertain whether the CPI(M) leader had committed any "foul play". "We need to find out whether or not Karat had adulterated the samples before giving them for tests." he added.

Heaping praise on the yoga guru and terming him the pride of Uttaranchal, Pratap said CPI(M) was trying to destroy the centuries-old tradition of Ayurvedic medicines and trust on religions by levelling such allegations and urged Congress President Sonia Gandhi not to succumb under Left pressure.

He asked Karat to tender a public apology for hurting the sentiments of the people of the state and for levelling baseless allegations against veteran leader and Chief Minister N D Tiwari.

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