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Voice in recording mine, but CD spliced: Amar Singh
New Delhi, May 12 (IANS):
Published on 12 May. 2011 10:47 PM IST
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A day after the Supreme Court lifted a gag order on his tapped telephonic conversations, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh Thursday admitted that the tapes had his voice but alleged it was a cut and paste job.
“I don’t say it was not my voice. But if you are tapping someone’s phone for over an year, the conversations can be put in other context. The tapes are spliced, it is a cut and paste job,” Amar Singh told reporters.
He, however, said that he will not file any case against any company for recording his conversations.
“I will not file a case against Reliance as they were misled into believing that the security agencies have authorised them to tap my phones,” said the expelled Samajwadi Party member.
“I am not a saint but not a devil either, as I am being made (out to be). I am legally sound,” he said.
About the reason for withdrawing the names of Congress leaders from his 2006 public interest litigation, Amar Singh said since the letter given for tapping his phone was fake, there was no reason why Congress leaders should be blamed.
“The time when the PIL was filed, our relations with the Congress government were not good so we gave their names. Since the Delhi Police’s probe said that the letter given for taping the phone was fake, there was no reason for giving (Congress president) Sonia Gandhi’s name,” he said.
He said that those behind the recordings were the real culprits and should be brought to book.
Amar Singh, a Rajya Sabha MP, filed the petition in 2006 after some of his telephonic conversations were tapped and were in circulation.
He moved the apex court and got a restraint order against their publication in media.
The Supreme Court, however, rejected the plea Wednesday and allowed publication of the tapes.
Amar Singh refused to comment on the tape in which allegedly he is reportedly heard talking to, among others, Bollywood actresses. He said: “It’s a personnel matter, I will answer my wife on this.”
Talking about the CD which also had Lokpal Bill drafting committee co-chairman Shanti Bhushan’s voice, he said there were four versions of the CD and possibly one of them was correct, which was sent to Delhi CFSL.
“There are four versions of the CD, perhaps three of them are false which were sent to other laboratories, and the one that was sent to Delhi CFSL was correct,” he said.
He also questioned why no civil society members had gone to the Greater Noida village where farmers were protesting.
“The Bhushans could have at least come as they live in Noida. What happened to Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi? (Anna) Hazare baba did not come,” he said.
Bipasha challenges truth in tapes with Amar
Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu has reacted strongly to the alleged taped conversation between her and former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh, and says she can “openly challenge” anyone to prove that she is the one in the tape.
“Pls request u all to go n hear d conversation 1st n then if u still think its me, I openly challenge anyone to prove it is me!” Bipasha posted on her Twitter page Thursday.
The transcripts of the tapes involving the former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader’s phone conversations were barred from being published in media until now, but the Supreme Court lifted the ban Wednesday. According to reports, one of the conversations involves Bipasha.
The actress, who has recently admitted breaking off with actor John Abraham -- her boyfriend of nine years, feels that though rumours are a part of a celebrity’s life, she finds these allegations intolerable.
“A celeb takes beatings of all kinds but if my dignity is challenged, I am ready to take this issue up in a stronger manner! There is a limit of making up stories at the cost of a celeb! Sensationalising ridiculous and untrue stories is not ethical at all,” she added.

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