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Cobrapost
Cobrapost
is an Indian news website and television production house, known for its investigative journalism, which has involved sting operations. It was founded in 2003[1] by Aniruddha Bahal who earlier co-founded Tehelka. Sting operations[edit] In 2005, along with Aaj Tak, Cobrapost
Cobrapost
conducted a sting operation named Operation Duryodhana that exposed eleven members (MPs) accepting money for tabling their questions in the Parliament of India.[2] This investigation led to expulsion of eleven MPs from the Parliament,[3][4] the largest expulsion of MPs in the country's history.[4] In March 2013, its Operation Red Spider charged that some banks in India were involved in money laundering,[5] using false accounts to convert black money into white.[6] In November 2013, Cobrapost
Cobrapost
along with the website Gulail claimed in tapes titled The Stalkers that in 2009, then Home Minister of Gujarat Amit Shah
Amit Shah
and his team stalked a woman for their Saheb.[7] The Indian National Congress alleged that the saheb was Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), Chief minister of Gujarat.[8] In Operation Blue Virus, Cobrapost
Cobrapost
accused some IT companies of using fake identities on social media to help politicians, especially BJP members, to improve their popularity.[9][10] The BJP alleged that these were works of the Congress to defame Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
and the party.[11] An undercover operation resulting in a video named Operation Falcon Claw showed that eleven MPs from different parties agreed to lobby for a fictitious foreign company,[12] and also that MPs received money ranging from ₹50,000 (US$770) to ₹5,000,000 (US$77,000) for issuing recommendation letters.[13] On 3 April 2014, Cobrapost
Cobrapost
published on their website about their investigation, Operation Janambhoomi, into the conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid, in which they bring to light the conspiracy behind the events of 6 December 1992, which rewrote the history of modern India on communal lines.[14][15] The Snoopgate controversy was an Indian political scandal concerning the illegal surveillance of a young woman using various state police and intelligence institutions in Gujarat. The details of the scandal came to light in November 2013, when Cobrapost
Cobrapost
along with the website Gulail released tapes titled The Stalkers.[16] Audio tapes reveal Amit Shah, the Home Minister of Gujarat, ordered illegal surveillance of a young woman from Bangalore under instruction from an unnamed saheb, or boss. The police followed her inside malls, restaurants, gyms, and tracked her scheduled flights, hotel bookings, and visits to her mother at a hospital. The Indian National Congress
Indian National Congress
alleged that the saheb was Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
of the Bharatiya Janata Party
Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), the chief minister of Gujarat.[17] On May 2016, a young woman has told the Supreme Court that she is "thankful" that the Gujarat
Gujarat
police was assigned to tail her, and urged the judges to block investigations to determine whether the surveillance was legal and ordered by Mr Modi.[18] References[edit]

^ "Q&A: What Is Cobrapost?". India Real Time. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ ""Operation Duryodhana" logged over 56 video, 70 audiotapes". The Hindu. 13 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ "Indian MPs expelled for 'bribes'". BBC News. 23 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ a b "11 Indian Parliament Members Expelled After Bribe Sting on TV". The New York Times. 24 December 2005. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ " Operation Red Spider 2: Modus operandi, allegations and targets". Business Standard. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ "Sting operation 'exposes' three banks". The Hindu. 15 March 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ "Top Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi
aide put woman under police watch for 'sahib': Websites". Times of India. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ "After Congress alleges he is 'stalking sahebzada', Narendra Modi retaliates". NDTV. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ " Social media
Social media
platforms being misused to help politicians, claims Cobrapost". The Hindu. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ "Cobrapost's Operation Blue Virus: Is Narendra Modi's popularity on social media real?". Deccan Chronicle. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ " Cobrapost
Cobrapost
sting Congress 'dirty tricks': BJP". The Hindu. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ "Cong, BJP, BSP, JDU, AIADMK MPs willing to lobby for fake oil major for money: Sting op". Times of India. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ " Cobrapost
Cobrapost
exposes 11 MPs willing to lobby for oil company for money". India Today. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.  ^ "Operation Janmabhoomi: Press Release". Cobrapost. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.  ^ "Babri demolition planned; Advani, P V Narasimha Rao knew of plot: Cobrapost
Cobrapost
sting". The Times of India. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.  ^ "THE STALKERS: AN INVESTIGATION BY GULAIL AND COBRAPOST". Cobrapost.com. Cobrapost. Retrieved 16 September 2016.  ^ "After Congress alleges he is 'stalking sahebzada', Narendra Modi retaliates". NDTV. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013.  ^ "Snoopgate: 'Thankful' for Surveillance, Woman Tells Supreme Court". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2016-12-30. 

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