Troubled Bhushans threaten to sue Digvijay

Singh had accused the Bhushans of evading stamp duty on a property they bought in Allahabad.

Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 16:28 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Lokpal bill joint committee co-chair Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant, Wednesday, threatened to sue Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh for making ‘false and unverified’ accusations against them.

The Congress general secretary had accused the Bhushans of evading stamp duty to the tune of Rs 1.33 crore payable on a property which they purchased in Allahabad.

Prashant Bhushan said that he would sue Digvijay with criminal and civil charges for leveling these allegations against his family.

The Bhushans also alleged that the “influential” people were running a smear campaign to tarnish the image of the family and derail the anti-corruption campaign initiated by Anna Hazare and other members of the civil society.

Also in view of the Noida plot controversy that erupted today, they have decided to file a defamation case against the newspaper that reported that Shanti and Jayant Bhushan got two 10,000 sq metre plots "for a song".

Reacting to the report, Shanti Bhushan’s son Jayant said, “The land in Noida allotted to them by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati allegedly at below cost prices was secured through due "process".

"We applied for the land through the process and got it. The allegations are just continuation of attempts to tarnish the reputation of my father and my brother who are members of the joint-committee to draft the Lokpal bill," Shanti Bhushan`s younger son Jayant told reporters.

"If the number of applicants were more, then the draw should have been there; if it was not so, the process was wrong I believe," Jayant said, adding that the family was ready to surrender the land if the procedure was wrong.

He categorically denied taking any favours from the Mayawati government.
Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant, are members of the panel to form a law to fight corruption, have come under attack since the formation of the 10-member committee to draft the Lokpal (ombudsman) Bill.

Shanti Bhushan has also been in the news over the circulation of a CD in which has a man purportedly meant to be the veteran lawyer is heard telling Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and former party general secretary Amar Singh that a judge could be "fixed" for Rs 4 crore.

However, Amar Singh categorically denied his involvement in any campaign to defame the Bhushans.
“I am not the papa of the CD. The CD could be doctored. The moot question is if the voice in the CD is that of Shanti Bhushan or not. Let Shanti Bhushan prove the voice in the CD is not his. I am not an agent of Congress," Singh was quoted as saying to a private news channel.

The former Samajwadi Party leader, who is alleged to be one of the architects of the campaign against the Bhushans, alleged that they are in the habit of making insulting remarks against the judges and hold that all the all the judges of Supreme Court have been corrupt.