New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has jumped onto the CD controversy involving the father-son lawyer duo of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan on one side and former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh on the other side. The controversy is threatening to become a political war. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday alleged that the CD controversy was raked up by Amar Singh on the behest of the Congress to derail social activist Anna Hazare's anti-corruption campaign.
Hinting that the former Samjawadi Party leader is behind the CD, Naqvi said that Amar Singh has to explain who sponsored it.
"The Government has given out a contract to some people to defame and malign Hazare's anti-corruption campaign. However, these attempts will not malign the campaign," Naqvi said in New Delhi.
Hitting back at Naqvi, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said, "Naqvi is showing what kind of company he keeps, by using the kind of language he is using."
It's a no holds barred battle between Amar Singh and Shanti Bhushan. The man who has mastered the art of attack as the best form of defence, is once again back to practicising his craft, using CDs of tapped phone conversations to get himself out of tricky situations. In his former Avatar as Mulayam Singh Yadav's lieutant, Amar Singh did several press conferences revealing one tapped phone CD after the other, always proclaiming himself to be a victim.
Now he is using the latest row to settle his own case of tapped phone conversations not being revealed as well as positioning himself close to the Congress.
Questioning Shanti Bhushan and Prashant's Bhushan's inclusion in the Lokpal draft panel, Amar Singh said, "During bofors, Rajiv Gandhi stepped down, during Adarsh Scam, Ashok Chavan stepped down, even Kalmadi stepped down over CWG."
It's a clever game that's being played by Amar Singh. After all the Supreme Court judge, who is at the centre of this entire crisis, is the same person who has to pronounce the verdicts in Amar Singh's own telephone tapping case as well the 2G scam case, in which his close friend Anil Ambani is facing a lot of problems.
Noted lawyer Shanti Bhushan, who is also a member of the Lokpal Bill drafting committee, on Monday filed a contempt petition against Amar Singh in the Supreme Court over the controversial CD that allegedly showed him (Bhushan) talking to Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh about fixing a judge for Rs 4 crore.
Singh, too, has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police against charges levelled by Prashant Bhushan. He also gave a set of CDs to the police claiming that the CD that has come in public domain were the original one.
Both Amar Singh and Shanti Bhushan have approached the Supreme Court accusing each other of concealing facts. The next part of this saga will now be played out in the Supreme Court.