Bhushan's CD not doctored, police say

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Old 31-Aug-2011
Bhushan's CD not doctored, police say

UNP ImageNew Delhi: A controversial CD purportedly containing a conversation between former law minister Shanti Bhushan and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and former SP leader Amar Singh is original and not doctored, Delhi Police said Tuesday.

Delhi Police have stated this in their closure report on the complaint filed by senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan who alleged that the CD was doctored.

"There is no tampering of the CD and we have filed a closure report," Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.

The CD was circulated at all media offices in April after anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare ended his fast demanding a strong Lokpal. Shanti Bhushan was then named co-chair of the joint committee to draft the Lokpal Bill.

He had termed the CD a forgery and an attempt to malign him and lodged a complaint with Delhi Police.

In the conversation, Bhushan allegedly promises Mulayam Singh to influence a judge for a price and suggests that his son and lawyer Prashant Bhushan will facilitate the "fixing".

Forensic tests

The police sent the CD to the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) at the Central Bureau of Investigation office here. The reports that have emerged say the "CD was not tampered". The police afterwards sent the CD to Chandigarh-based CFSL for a cross-check. A forensic test at a Hyderabad-based private lab, Truth Labs, by Bhushan claimed that the disc was doctored.

The Bhushans in April got forensic analysis of the CD done by US expert George Papcun and Truth Labs and claimed that the disc has multiple gaps and signs of electronic editing at critical places.

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