Don`t threaten with defamation suits, Digvijay to Bhushan

Congress leader Digvijay Singh asked Lokpal bill committee member Shanti Bhushan not to "threaten" him with defamation suits and instead come clean on the issues of the controversial CD.

Last Updated: Apr 21, 2011, 16:30 PM IST

Lucknow: Congress leader Digvijay Singh
on Thursday asked Lokpal bill committee member Shanti Bhushan not to
"threaten" him with defamation suits and instead come clean on
the issues of the controversial CD and the allotment of plots
to him in Noida.

"I haven`t received the defamation notice given by
Shanti Bhushan.... He should not threaten with defamation
(suits).... I have taken a number of notices in the past and
would like to reply in the court," Digvijay told reporters
here.

The Congress general secretary said that whatever he
said against Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant was based on
media reports and a notice of stamp duty evasion issued by
Uttar Pradesh government.

"If he wanted to serve a defamation notice then it
should have been done against the officer, who issued the
notice or Mayawati government. Neither did I give the notice
nor do I have any information about it," he said.

Singh said that if a 7,500 square-metre land with a
bungalow in posh Civil Lines area in Allahabad costs only Rs
one lakh, it creates suspicion.

"As far as I understand this fact creates suspicion,"
he said.

Taking a dig at the Bhushans` claim that the
controversial CD which has the purported conversation between
Shanti Bhushan and political leaders Mulayam Singh and Amar
Singh was doctored, Singh said that a new trend has started
where the accused get their own cases investigated and give a
clean chit.

"They got the CD examined by themselves and said that
it was wrong. If this is the logic then A Raja should have
been given investigation of 2G," he said.

He alleged that in Noida, "when Mayawati government
was taking Rs 5,000 per square feet of land, they cannot see
the corruption.

"Shanti Bhushan and his son took 10,000 square metre
plots there, then they had no objection, that too when there
was no information about draw of lots," he alleged.

"I expect from a learned person like Shanti Bhushan to
clarify on this issue," he added.

On being asked whether Shanti Bhushan should resign
from the joint committee, Singh said that he leaves that to
his conscience.

"He is a sensitive person with emphasis on
credibility," he said.

Asked about sharing dais with expelled SP leader Amar
Singh in Farukkhabad, the Congress leader said that it was a
non-political programme and "political inference should not be
drawn".

PTI