Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has received raw footage of the sting operation conducted on nine its members by website Media Sarkar, from the Election Commission on Sunday.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP, which will make its debut during the upcoming Delhi assembly elections scheduled for 4 December, had accused the media organisation of doctoring the sting CD and demanded the raw footage.
Anuranjan Jha, Managing Director of Media Sarkar, had refused to hand over the footage saying it was against the ethics of investigative journalism.
"Raw footage of a sting operation cannot be put forth in any kind of public domain as the right to privacy of undercover reporters is violated by doing so. It might even endanger their lives... The raw footage has been submitted to the EC," Jha said on Facebook.
CNN-IBN reported that AAP had received the raw footage from EC on Sunday. AAP will be conducting a press conference on the same at 11am.
As soon as the CD was distributed among other media houses, AAP had denied the charges saying their members had a different version of the meetings conducted by undercover reporters of Media Sarkar.
"Anuranjan Jha is another dalal reporter who tried to do sting on AAP. But that also backfired. The sting tape is highly morphed according to our candidates. And Jha is not ready to give the raw footage. We will drag all those who are doing false conspiracy against us to court," Kejriwal had said during AAP musical concert in Delhi on Saturday.
The CD held nine AAP members, including spokespersons and familiar faces on television news channels - Shazia Ilmi and Kumar Vishwas, as involved in corruption. Both had agress to quit the party if the accusations of corruption were proven against them.
The AAP convener Kejriwal had alleged conspiracy and decided to sue the media portal on defamation charges.
Moreover, AAP member Manish Sisodia had revealed to Zee News that Media Sarkar was paid a whopping ₹12 crore to conduct the sting operation.