CD case: Prashant Bhushan alleges PMO role

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 06, 2011 08:34 hrs

Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan on Monday alleged that the Prime Minister Office (PMO) had played a crucial role in withholding a forensic report on a CD that involved his father Shanti Bhushan.

The report showed that the controversial CD was ´doctored´.

He made the claims on the basis of an Right To Information (RTI) reply that showed the forensic report made by Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) of Chandigarh found the CD to be ´doctored´.

The report made by the Chandigarh CFSL was completely different from the test reports of other two centres, said Bhushan.

Bhushan said that PMO did not give him the findings of Chandigarh CFSL in response to the RTI of Subhash Aggarwal. He had only received the results of Delhi CFSL.

The analysis by the in Chandigarh CFSL in May had raised questions on the report by the CFSL in New Delhi which had said the audio tape in the CD could not have been tampered.

The report by the Chandigarh lab had also verified the claims made by two private labs - one in Hyderabad and the other in the U.S. - which were cited by Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan, both senior advocates, to assert their innocence.

Media offices in Delhi on Apr 15 had received a compact disc (CD) containing a taped conversation between Shanti Bhushan, expelled Samajwadi Party member Amar Singh and party chief Mulayam Singh.

In the tape, Bhushan, a senior advocate in the Supreme Court, allegedly suggested to the two influential politicians that a court judge can be bought out and his son Prashant can get the job done for Rs 4 crores.

Later, Prashant Bhushan filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking criminal contempt action against Amar Singh for allegedly fabricating the CD from spliced conversations in an attempt to tarnish their reputation.

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