//Amar Singh phone-tap CD leaked to media

Amar Singh phone-tap CD leaked to media

New Delhi: A CD purportedly containing phone conversations of Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has been mailed to all major TV channels. The CD contains conversations between Amar Singh and several leaders and actresses.

CNN-IBN has recieved a CD titled Amar Singh Ki Amar Kahani containing alleged taped conversation between Amar Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and other political and Bollywood bigwigs.

The authencity of the tape has still not been verified. CNN-IBN has decided to withold the telecast of these tapes. However, the channel has decided to send the CD to the Supreme Court and the Home Ministry.

Legal opinion suggests that the tapes should not be telecast as the matter is before the Supreme Court.

The tapes purportedly contains conversations between Amar Singh, Anil Ambani, Mulayam Singh, two unnamed bureaucrats, Bollywood actress and Rajya Sabha MP Jayaprada and Congress MP Subbirami Reddy.

How it all began

In December, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav called a press conference to announce that 10, Janpath had ordered Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh’s phones to be tapped.

He alleged that a private detective Bhupendra Kumar was hired to carry out the covert operation for Rs 5 lakh every week.

He was also alleged to have received at least half-a-crore rupees (Rs 5 million) on the job before he was resulted.

According to the Delhi Police, the tapping of Amar Singh’s phones was motivated by a simple and straightforward drive on the part of four persons who wanted to make quick money by blackmailing Amar Singh.

According to this version, the case does not have the sensational political angle that Amar Singh claims it has.

Amar Singh has alleged right from the last week of December that top Congress leaders where behind the operation.

According to him, Congress president Sonia Gandhi was in the know of the operation.

The Delhi Police, however, firmly rule out any political angle to the conspiracy or the involvement of any political personality in it.

The Government Examiner for Questioned Documents (GECD) is understood to have confirmed on January 25 that Samajwadi Party General Secretary Amar Singh’s cell phone was tapped and that the voice samples recorded on the compact discs was from a phone belonging to him.

The GECD, which has examined the computer discs and CDs seized by the Delhi Police in the Amar Singh phone-tapping case, submitted its interim report to the Delhi police.