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Apr 19, 2012 at 12:36am IST

CD controversy: Abhishek Singhvi must explain, says BJP

New Delhi: In another embarrassment for the Congress party, its spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi found himself in the midst of a CD controversy on Wednesday. While his name has been removed from the Press Conference roster, Singhvi insists it is because he is unwell.

The man who used to vociferously defend his party is now almost being silenced. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the suave lawyer turned politician, is feeling the heat in the alleged CD controversy.

Speculation grew when Singhvi was absent during his weekly press conference duty on Monday.

Congress sources say that Singhvi opted out to avoid any questions on the CD which he says has been doctored to embarrass him. When asked to comment whether he was removed from duty roster or not, he said, "I was unwell..."

Singhvi has already obtained an injunction from the Delhi High Court against the broadcast of the CD and his former employee has already claimed that he was the one behind its dissemination. An embarrassed Congress, however, maintained he would be back.

Rashid Alvi said, "Singhvi had to brief on Monday but he said that he is unwell. That's it. He should be coming next Monday. He is going to court. This is his personal matter."

Two years ago, Congress had kept Singhvi away from party briefings for a while after he appeared for lottery barons in Kerala against whom the local unit was protesting. Today the Opposition gunning for Singhvi said that he must come clean.

BJP leader Kirti Azad said, "If all these things are fabricated we should know. The issue is very serious in nature. Either the court or Mr Abhishek Manu Singhvi himself should let us know what is truth."

Whatever may be the truth - whether Singhvi opted out on his own or his party asked him to do so - either way with the opposition now seeking answers, the CD controversy is clearly far from over.

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