CD row: Bhushans blame govt
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 18:04
  
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Noted lawyer Prashant Bhushan, who is a member of the joint committee to draft Lokpal Bill along with his father Shanti Bhushan, who is involved in a CD controversy, on Thursday blamed the government for being involved in a smear campaign to malign his family.

Targeting the ruling disposition, Prashant Bhushan said, “No one has seen the report by the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL), which is a government controlled laboratory. This obviously means that the government is involved in a smear campaign to malign the reputation of my family.”

Vowing that his family will not surrender to these tactics and continue to fight against corruption, the junior Bhushan said, “All of Mulayam Singh’s voice has been lifted, all this indicates a foul play by those in power.”

Prashant Bhushan made this statement hours after the government forensic lab (CSFL) claimed that a controversial CD containing purported telephone conversation between eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh over ‘fixing a judge’ was not doctored.

In view of the CFSL report, the pressure on the Bhushans has increased manifolds to step down from the Lokpal Bill Drafting Committee.

The forensic analysis conducted by CFSL located in Hyderabad said "there is continuity in the conversation".

"Recorded conversation is in continuity, no abrupt change in speech signal has been detected," police sources said quoting from the report.

They also said there was no change in background voice pattern.

The purported telephone conversation between Shanti Bhushan, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh suggested attempts being made at influencing a judge.

However, S R Singh, Director of Truth Labs, which conducted its tests on behalf of Bhushan, maintained that he would stand by the report he had given that it was doctored.

The conversation had "multiple gaps and signs of electronic editing at very very critical places", Singh had said in his report.

The CD and its transcript were shown to complainant Shashi Bhushan, who is co-chairperson of the joint committee to draft the Lok Pal Bill, and got it countersigned by Bhushan before it was given to the lab for testing, they said.

Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said the case has been transferred to the special cell for investigations.

Sources said they may call in Bhushan for questioning in connection with the case. They also said the genuineness of the CD can be conclusively proved if they can find the original CD and compare it with the audio files.

The new report triggered a fresh round of war of words with Amar Singh demanding the resignation of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan from the joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill while civil society members raised doubts over the forensic test reports.


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 18:04


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