The Delhi police have told a city court that the controversial CD containing alleged conversation between former law minister Shanti Bhushan and Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh -to "fix an Allahabad high court judge" is genuine and not tampered with.
In April 2011, Bhushan had lodged a complainant with Indraprastha police station stating he had received an anonymous CD containing recorded conversation between him and two SP leaders. "The CD is clearly a fabricated CD, as I have never had any conversation with the afore named persons. The content if the said conversation are defamatory in nature" said Bhushan in the complaint. He had asked the police to register a case of forgery.
The police in its closure report filed before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said, "From the expert opinion it has been established that the CD in question has not been tampered. Hence, the offence of forgery has not made out."
Citing the report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), CBI, Delhi - the police said, "The recorded conversation is in continuity and no abrupt change in speech signal could be detected. The recorded conversation is in contextual continuity". Similarly, the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) in its separate report approved of the CFSL findings.
"The opinions given by the CFSL and CERT are similar and the CERT having expertise in the information technology confirms/corroborates the opinion of CFSL, Delhi; there is no reason to disbelieve these two reports" said the police report available with Hindustan Times.
However, the police have undermined the CFSL, Chandigarh report, which on contrary said that the CD sample could have been tampered with.
Reacting to the Delhi police report, Bhushan's son Prashant Bhushan said, "we are seeing unfortunately repeated campaigns to try and discredit the members of civil society by various smear campaigns to try and show divisions within Anna Hazare's team."
He added: "All these tactics appear to have been adopted by sections of ruling establishment and the government."