The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Thursday directed the Delhi Police and Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, to make public the forensic reports on the allegedly doctored audio CD containing a conversation in which lawyer Shanti Bhushan and politicians Amar Singh and Mulayam Singh Yadav took part.
Information commissioner Sushma Singh gave this directive, overruling the objections raised by the Delhi Police, which said the disclosure would impede the investigation and prosecution of offenders.
“It is apparently clear that the investigation...is closed and the final report to be prepared has already been submitted to the learned court. As a result, the Commission is of the view that respondents (Delhi Police) are prohibited from outrightly invoking the exemption clause... while denying the information,” Singh said ordering the disclosure of the reports.
After the alleged CD came into circulation, former law minister Shanti Bhushan had filed a complaint with the Delhi Police on April 14, alleging that the disc was fabricated and denied having any conversation with Yadav and Singh.
The Delhi Police had got the CD examined at CFSL Delhi, CFSL Chandigarh as well as in a lab of the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) which gave divergent opinions after analysing the CD. The reports of CFSL Delhi and CERT lab were made available, but police denied giving the report of Chandigarh CFSL that had reportedly said that the CD had been doctored.
“It is apparently clear that the investigation...is closed and the final report to be prepared under Section 173 CrPC has already been submitted to the learned court,” Singh said.