After SC rap, Amar claims the CDs were concocted

Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 15:31

New Delhi: After the rap from Supreme Court
in the telephone tapping case, Amar Singh on Thursday claimed that
the CDs containing his purported conversations with
politicians, Bollywood stars and corporate honchos were
"concocted".

He also claimed that the Supreme Court order lifting
gag order on their broadcast and publication would encourage
people to use illegal means tap private conversations in the
future.

The Supreme Court yesterday lifted the five-year old gag
on CDs containing his tapped conversations in which he is
heard talking to politicians, bollywood stars and corporate
bigwigs and purportedly fixing deals.

Admitting that the voice in the CD was his, he said
since his phone being tapped for a year, the people behind it
had a "bank" of his voice samples which were "concocted and
doctored" to create the CDs.

"My voice is there in the CDs but it has been cut and
pasted and edited," he said.

Singh lamented that the Supreme Court was silent on
those who had actually carried out the tapping and said the
government should have been asked to carry out the
investigation.

He said contrary to expectations, he was happy that the
gag order has been lifted. "I am not a saint. But I am neither
a villain as is being projected," he said.

Singh also said he had not sought the gag order, but it
was the then Chief Justice of India who had ordered a ban on
broadcast and publication of the contents of the CDs.

He said though the apex court has allowed him to file
a case against Reliance Infocom for illegally tapping his
phone, he would not exercise the option.

"I will not file a case against Reliance as they were
misled into believing that the security agencies have
authorised them to tap my phones," Singh told a press
conference here.

Singh, who was expelled from the Samajwadi Party,
claimed that the SC order lifting the gag would create a "wide
field" and people using illegal means can tap all sorts of
conversations.

He said even the proceedings of the Supreme Court
Collegium can be tapped using bugs "because there is no gag
now". To a question, Singh said he decided to remove
Congress President Sonia Gandhi`s name as one of the
respondents in the case as his fight was to get the government
frame privacy laws and he had nothing against the Congress
leader.

When asked whether he was planning to join Congress,
he termed as an imagination of media`s fertile mind.

Attacking lawyers Shanti and Prashant Bhushan, he said
it was time the senior Bhushan gives his voice samples to
confirm whether it was he who was speaking to SP chief Mulayam
Singh Yadav in one of the alleged tapped conversations.

During the course of the hour-long press conference,
Singh at time admitted that he had talked to Yadav with regard
to a judge of the Allahabad High Court when the bench was
hearing a case relating to disqualification of BSP MLAs who
had joined the SP.

"I did that as I was advised to do so by Shanti
Bhushan who had contested the case on SP`s behalf. But Mulayam
Singh was against taking any such step...I can only advice, it
is upto the person on a constitutional post to take a call,"
he said.

He also admitted talking to various corporate big shots
but maintained that he did not remember most of the
conversations.

"I am two-in-one. I am a businessman and a politician.
I can always talk business with others. As Chairman of the UP
State Development Council (During SP`s rule) I had talked on
issues which concern the int erst of businessmen and farmers
alike...I had the power of my tongue but had no power to take
decisions," he said.

Singh also slammed civil society activists for coming
to Greater Noida where "human rights" violations were taking
place.

"The Bhushans could have at least come as they live in
Noida. What happened to Arvind Kejrival and Kiran Bedi, Hazare
baba did not come," he said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 15:31

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