Noted Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan on Monday dragged the Prime Minister's Office into the controversial CD issue involving his father, Shanti Bhushan, alleging that it was behind withholding a forensic report which said it was doctored.
His remarks came following an RTI reply that the forensic examination by Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, shows that the CD was doctored, contradicting findings of two other such tests.
"The interest taken by home minister P Chidambaram in this matter and the PMO in revealing the Delhi CSFL report while withholding the Chandigarh CFSL report, shows that the government is behind the dissemination of this fabrication, if not the actual fabrication itself. This was the beginning of the repeated attempts by the government to defame important members of the anti-corruption campaign - an attempt which continues till this day," Bhushan said.
After the CD came into circulation, Shanti Bhushan had filed a complaint with Delhi police on April 14, alleging that it was fabricated and denied having any conversation with Mulayam Singh. "This (Chandigarh) report, after eight months since it came into existence, has been given to Subash Chandra Aggarwal by the Chandigarh CSFL on Central Information Commission's order.
Delhi police refused to give this report to Shanti Bhushan despite his repeatedly asking for the same. "Despite facts they distributed the dishonest Delhi CFSL report which certified the CD to be genuine to the entire media. Even the PMO, in response to the RTI, gave the petitioner only the Delhi CFSL report and not the Chandigarh report," Bhushan claimed.