March 19, 2001,
George may sue; go ahead says
New Delhi, March 18
“What are those tapes, to what extent they have been manipulated... Manipulation is not the word, my belief is that they have been concocted to a point when, I don’t know, what kind of crimes have been committed in the process,” Mr Fernandes said in a TV talk show “Hardtalk”.
On whether he was “considering” taking the portal to court, the former Defence Minister said, “if I get such legal advice, why not.”However, Mr Fernandes said he was aware how litigation was “time consuming and ... keeps meandering.
”To questions on the tapes, he said “to suggest that the entire defence procurement establishment of ours is having at every stage persons who could be bought — is there anything more absurd or obnoxious?”Asked whether he would rejoin the government in case he was called back, the Samata leader avoided a direct reply saying, “I have not thought over it”, and added quoting British Labour Party leader Harold Wilson “a week is a long time in politics”.
“If I go to court, I will need a lot of time to deal with it. Between now and then... in four months (the time required by the judicial probe commission to complete its task), there could be lot many developments,” he said.
Meanwhile, Web portal tehelka.com today stood by its expose on corruption in defence deals and dismissed as “typical political reaction” former Defence Minister George Fernandes’ allegation that the tapes were doctored.
Govt to look into
portal charges New Delhi, March 18 A spokesman said: “If Tehelka produces evidence with regard to the allegations it has made the government will certainly look into them.” The PMO has described as “baseless and unfounded” the allegations made by the website.
New Delhi, March 18
A spokesman said: “If Tehelka produces evidence with regard to the allegations it has made the government will certainly look into them.” The PMO has described as “baseless and unfounded” the allegations made by the website.
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