Louise CD might be doctored: Kejriwal

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 01, 2012 12:54 hrs

Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal said the CD released by the Congress, allegedly containing conversation between External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid's wife Louise Khurshid and India Against Corruption (IAC) member Laxman Singh, could be 'doctored'.

The CD contained conversation between Singh and Louise where they were striking a secret deal.

Singh allegedly said he would get IAC´s rally against Salman Khurshid in his Lok Sabha constituency Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh cancelled if Louise would expel Congress leader Punni Shukla from the party.

"I have not seen the CD....Lousie was involved in fake signatures. It is possible that the CD was doctored. How can I comment before seeing the CD," Kejriwal told media.

Singh also said the CD was ´doctored´.

"The only solution I was offering was that the rally could be called if the minister and his wife visit Farrukhabad, apologise to the people and give aid to the disabled," Singh told NDTV.

Khurshid´s supporters released the CD in Farrukhabad on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Thursday reached Farrukhabad where India Against Corruption (IAC) is organising a rally against the External Affairs Minister and his wife over charges of embezzlement brought against their trust.

Ahead of the protest, the Uttar Pradesh government has increased security in Farrukhabad.

As many as 600 policemen have been stationed in Khurshid´s constituency for the rally.

According to reports, Kejriwal´s motorcade was stopped by Khurshid´s supporters in Malikpur area near Farrukhabad.

The agitators, who wore "Main hoon Salman Khurshid" caps, waved black flags before the police stopped them from creating further troubles.

According to reports, IAC and Congress workers clashed in Malikpur.

According to the TV network´s report, Khurshids´ Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust had been granted Rs 71.50 lakh by the union social welfare and empowerment ministry for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in Uttar Pradesh.

Forging signatures of senior officials in several districts of the state the NGO embezzled funds off the grants and deprived the physically challenged who were eligible for benefits under the scheme.

Both Khurshid, who is the president of the Trust, and his wife Louise -- the project director -- have vehemently denied any wrongdoing even as activist-turned politician Arvind Kejriwal lambasted the couple over the graft charges.

The accusations were used by Kejriwal and his supporters to launch a campaign against the Khurshid and demand his resignation.

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