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Sambhar Mafia - Cooked To Kill!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

How Operation-Duryodhana took shape?

An interesting article in The Telegraph:

Indeed, it was his passion for the big story that took Bahal through the corridors of politics, spotting the odd MP that he thought would be willing to ask questions in Parliament in return for a wad of bank notes. It was not just risky, but expensive to boot. Bahal is said to have poured lakhs into the job, but is unwilling to say how much. The money, he says, came either from his own pocket or from his friends.

Blowing the lid off the parliamentary cash-for-questions racket, however, was an operation that, he says, came about by chance. It was while criticising the sting operation carried out by a news channel on Bollywood’s casting couch in March that Bahal floated the idea of an operation on greasy-palmed MPs. And then he decided to follow up his words by actually delving into the cartel that previously existed only in the domain of hearsay.

Once the footage had been taken, Bahal spoke to some news channels and a deal was finally struck with Aaj Tak. Rumour has it that he has made quite a packet, but Bahal isn’t willing to disclose how much. “Let’s say it took care of all my expenses and legal security, and paid me a token remuneration for my efforts. And of course, (Lok Sabha speaker) Somnath Chatterjee gifted me a pen. I think it’s a Sheaffer,” he smiles.

Update: Aniruddha Bahal refuses to reveal the location(s) of the hidden camera. Looks like a good move after hearing that he has plans to do some more sting operations. His lies have to be more creative so that the targets don't suspect any member of Bahal's team.


  • Kaps, are you OK with Sting operations ?

    Journalists should be journalists. They should not become News makers. There are a hell lot of Ugly things happening in Journalism too. May be bloggers should run a Sting operation on that.

    :D, what say ?

    By Blogger keerthi, at 8:51 PM  

  • Sting operations of these kinds are definitely healthy unless it intrigues into someone's personal life.The problem is it is not taken forward by punishing the culprits-that is where it fails.

    By Anonymous vasanthi, at 10:11 PM  

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