Amar doubts Bhushans' clean image

Sumit Pande | Updated: April 18, 2011, 7:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday accused the Bhushans of corruption saying they have earned money by filing PILs.

"I want to know how the income of Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhusan has risen drastically ever since they started filing PILs," said Singh.

Amar Singh, submitted four copies of the controversial CD carrying a conversation of Shanti Bhushan talking to Mulayam Singh via Amar Singh, about fixing a judge for Rs 4 crore, with the Delhi police on Monday.

He also said, "Anna Hazare said a person should resign from Lokpal draft committee on mere allegation, then what about Shanti Bhushan and his son Prashant Bhushan.

This came a day after Prashant Bhushan said he suspected that Amar Singh is involved in fabricating the CD.

The CD business has got murkier with the two main protagonists filing criminal complaints against each other. Shanti Bhushan filed a contempt petition against Amar Singh, accusing him of doctoring and distributing a CD with conversation of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shanti Bhushan.

The controversy revolves around a purported conversation between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shanti Bhushan. In the CD, Shanti Bhushan is telling Mulayam that his son can manage the court and it would not cost much, just Rs 4 crore. Mulayam Singh is heard replying in the affirmation.

However Mulayam Singh's former colleagues in the Samajwadi Party have denied this purported conversation.

SP leader Mohan Singh said, "Mulayam Singh never had this conversation with Shanti Bhushan."

Meanwhile, the civil society group led by Anna Hazare have opened a political front against the government in writing to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Hazare has asked whether the Congress approved of Digvijaya Singh and Kapil Sibal's recent statements on Hazare and associates.

The Congress and Sibal have however denied these allegations.

Apprehending an escalation in the political onslaught, Anna Hazare is putting the onus of getting an effective draft of the Lokpal Bill and its enactment back on the government.

First Published: April 18, 2011, 7:28 PM IST

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