On Saturday, the Central Bureau of Investigation provided a copy of the transcripts of the recorded conversation between SP (City) Deshraj Singh, arrested for graft, and complainant SHO Anokh Singh. A close perusal of the transcript shows that though the SP didn't directly demand money, there are references to a favour needed by him.
The transcripts pertain to the conversation between the accused and the complainant recorded on October 5, October 12 and October 18. The phone calls of October 5 and October 18 have only mumbles and short staccato.
However, in the conversation of October 12, the SHO says to the accused, "Sir, aapko binti hai ki usske do lakh bahut zyada hain. Thoda sa agar usko kishton main main kar doon sir", where the accused replies "nahi koi nahi aap mana hi kar do". The SHO then says "Please sir", where the accused replies "mere ko zaroorat thi isiliye kaha tha". If seen closely, it indicates that the SP (City) says that he needed the money the SHO is talking about.
In another conversation the same day, the SHO says, "Sir meri ek request hai aapko, main na paanch-char din main pachaas de deta hoon, abhi de deta hoon, uske baad fir thode dino baad aur kar doonga". Here the accused replies, "meri koi…I was in need, I will say somebody else, mera toh apse hai, issliye. I will say somebody else there are many, there are many".
In the conversation, the SHO is saying that a sum of Rs 2 lakh is too much and asks if he could give it in installments. The SP (City) says he was in need and was asking him only because of his association with the SHO, but now he would ask someone else.
"Not once in the entire conversation has the accused stated what he needed. It clearly shows that the accused is asking for something as he is in need, but not what. It can be anything, how can we read between the lines? The SHO is the only person who is constantly mentioning money, not the accused," said defence counsel Vishal Garg Narwana.
On October 18, the day the accused was arrested from his residence while accepting the bribe, the SHO says in his conversation, "arrangement kar ditti hai janab", to which the accused replies, "theek hai". Even in this entire conversation, the SP asks the SHO to come home, but doesn't make any mention of money that might be passed to him. The SHO also hints at an enquiry that is worrying him and the SP replies about the promotion according to the years left of the SHO in service.
"If one goes through the conversation, there is no indication of money. Instead, there are terms like probably and some non-audible in reply to statements of the accused. How can we judge on these facts whether the accused is guilty or not," asked Narwana. The conversation in its entirety is vague and not clear as to what is being asked by the SP and why is the SHO on some occasions talking about money.
The next date for hearing is November 3.
Conversation 1 on October 12
SHO Anokh Singh: "Sir, aapko binti hai ki usske do lakh bahut zyada hain. Thoda sa agar usko kishton main main kar doon sir".
SP: "Nahi koi nahi aap mana hi kar do".
SHO: "Please sir".
SP: "Mere ko zaroorat thi isiliye kaha tha".
Conversation 2 on October 12
SHO: "Sir meri ek request hai aapko, main na paanch-char din main pachaas de deta hoon, abhi de deta hoon, uske baad fir thode dino baad aur kar doonga". SP: "Meri koi…I was in need, I will say somebody else, mera toh apse hai, issliye. I will say somebody else there are many, there are many".