CD row: Bhushan alleges hand of `very high up`
Lawyer Shanti Bhushan alleged some minister or a "very powerful" Congress leader could be behind the circulation of the CD.
New Delhi: Lawyer Shanti Bhushan on Tuesday alleged some minister or a "very powerful" Congress leader
could be behind the circulation of the CD containing purported
conversations between him and political leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh.
His remarks came against the backdrop of Delhi Police
filing a closure report in a city court claiming that the CD
was "not doctored or tampered with" as alleged by him.
"Somebody very high up, either some minister or a very
powerful Congress politician is behind the fabrication of this
CD and that is the reason why Delhi Police is not
investigating the matter properly," Bhushan said.
He said the first thing police should have done was to go
and record a statement from Yadav as to whether any such
conversation took place or not.
"If he had said that there was no such conversation, then
they should have recorded a statement of Amar Singh as to on
what base this conversation took place," he said.
In the CD, circulated to media houses in April after a
fast by Anna Hazare for a strong Lokpal, Bhushan is allegedly
telling Yadav and Amar Singh that his lawyer-son Prashant can
"manage a judge". Bhushan had alleged that the CD was a "cut
and paste job".
The CD was circulated soon after a fast by Hazare for a
strong Lokpal. Hazare`s close associate Bhushan was named the
co-chair of the joint committee to draft Lokpal Bill.
Prashant Bhushan said they were seeing "unfortunately
repeated" campaigns to try and discredit the members of civil
society by "various smear campaigns" to try to show divisions
within members of Anna Hazare and members of the team.
"All these tactics appear to have been adopted by
sections of ruling establishment and the government," he told
Bhushan said it appeared that some police officials,
forensic agency officials, some in government and others have
entered into a criminal conspiracy.