Varun Gandhi CD sent for tests was altered, says forensic lab

June 21st, 2009 - 4:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Chandigarh, June 21 (IANS) The CD containing the alleged inflammatory speeches by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi that was sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) here for tests was “not original” and had been altered, an official source said Sunday.
“The voice in the tape was that of Varun Gandhi but we did not get the original tapes. They were the edited version in which different clippings were clubbed together,” a CFSL official told IANS on condition of anonymity.

Gandhi, grandson of former prime minister Indira Gandhi and now a BJP MP from Philibhit in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested in March for making communal speeches during an election campaign. He was released on bail in April. The Uttar Pradesh government had filed a case against Gandhi under the stringent National Security Act.

“We got the voice samples in the form of a CD, a video cassette and a microchip. Our duty was to just examine those tapes and we simply did that and submitted our report. However, we are afraid that somebody had interfered with the original tapes,” the official added.

The CD reportedly contained three speeches made on three separate days in March.

Meanwhile R.S. Verma, director of CFSL, said: “We got the tapes for scrutiny and after proper examination we compiled a detailed report. The report was sent to the UP (Uttar Pradesh) police Saturday.”

“I cannot divulge the details of the report as police have to do further investigation,” Verma told reporters here.

Gandhi has maintained that the allegations against him are false and the voice in the CD is not his.

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