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Apr 21, 2011 at 08:52pm IST

Bhushan CD row: activists take on politicos

New Delhi: The Shanti Bhushan-Mulayam Singh Yadav-Amar Singh CD controversy has pitted the social activists against the politicians with both sides trading charges on the issue. While a Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) report submitted to Delhi Police reportedly says that the CD has not been tampered with, a private lab which had examined the CD on Bhushans' behest is maintaining that there was some tampering in the audio.

There have been demands for Bhushan, who is a co-chairman of the anti-corruption Lokpal Bill drafting committee, to quit from the panel but he has been getting support from social activists.

Despite the CFSL report, Bhushan's associates in the drafting committee for the Lokpal bill are standing by him.

RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal, who is also a member of the 10-member Lokpal Bill drafting committee, and social activist Swami Agnivesh said that there is no pressure on the Bhushans to quit.

"There are rumors of our members resigning. We would like to clarify that none of us are resigning. We are with Bhushan's. We are ready for any inquiry," Kejriwal said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Thursday evening with former IPS officer Kiran Bedi and some other social activists.

When asked why were the father-son duo Shanti Bhushan and Prashnat Bhushan were in the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, Kejriwal replied that they were there because they were involved in the drafting the anti-corruption bill.

"These are difficult times. We have to stay united. I don;t wish to comment on Amar Singh. The CD controversy is nothing but a smear campaign against the Bhushan's. The CFSL report was expected. We have filed a petition in the Supreme Court for an inquiry. We want a fair inquiry," he said.

"There will be no changes in the committee," Swami Agnivesh said in Ranchi.

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh questioned the Bhushans getting the CD investigated, asking how can an accused be investigating and giving a clean chit to himself.

"Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan got the CD investigated on their own and declared themselves innocent. Shanti Bhushan is a seasoned man. he should come out with the truth," said Singh while addressing a press conference in Lucknow.

Amar Singh demanded that Bhushans should resign from the Lokpal Bill drafting committee immediately.

"Bhushans should come forward and resign to save the face of the public movement aganist corruption. There are many instances of irregularities by them," he said.

Earlier, Bhushan had produced two reports from private laboratories to claim that the CD has been tampered with. The controversial CD allegedly shows Bhushan talking to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and politician Amar Singh about fixing a judge for Rs 4 crore.

Meanwhile, the Director of Truth Labs, SR Singh, that had earlier said the CD had been tampered with said he sticks to his report.

"We have got samples from Shanti Bhushan. But they are not sufficient and not adequate. We will standby by what technology we used. I am sure government labs are well equipped. But I stand by what I have said earlier," Singh said.

The CD Saga is getting murkier by the day. At stake is not just Shanti Bhushan's own reputation, but also the credibility of the entire movement for Lokpal Bill. Any more revelations against him in future are bound to increase trouble for the Bhushans.

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