NCP dismisses Digvijay`s demand for apology from R R Patil

NCP dismissed Digvijay Singh`s demand for an apology from Maharashtra HM RR Patil in the wake of the controversy over the telephone call the Congress leader claimed to have received from slain top cop Hemant Karkare on 26/11.

Last Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 21:02 PM IST

New Delhi: NCP on Tuesday dismissed Digvijay
Singh`s demand for an apology from Maharashtra Home Minister R
R Patil in the wake of the controversy over the telephone call
the Congress leader claimed to have received from slain top
cop Hemant Karkare on 26/11.

"It is unjustified. Apology for what? If R R Patil says
he has no record of the call, what is wrong in it," party
general secretary D P Tripathi said.

Tripathi`s comments came after Singh released records of
the conversation the slain ATS chief had with him on 26/11.

"People called me a liar...I was dubbed a traitor and a
Pakistani agent. It pained me that Mumbai Police made
selective leaks saying that there were no records of the talks
between me and Karkare."

"It was all the more painful for me when the Maharashtra
Home Minister said in the state Assembly that no such call was
made. All those who have dubbed me a liar and have put a
question mark on my honesty, sincerity and credibility should
apologise or at least express regrets now when I have produced
documents," Singh said.

In a letter to Patil, he said, "I am very pained by the
statements made by you and the Mumbai Police. I request you to
make a public apology or express regret".

The Congress leader expressed anguish that these
statements were used by the media to prove him false and
declare him a "liar". "If you or Mumbai Police had properly
examined the number of Maharashtra ATS, you would not have
given such a statement."

Raising doubts over his claims, Patil had then said there
was no existence of any record of the purported telephonic
conversation between the Congress leader and Karkare.

PTI