Senior Congress Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi resigned as chairman of the Parliament's Standing Committee on Law and Justice and as Congress party's spokesperson on Monday following the sleaze CD controversy.
The 53- year-old MP has sent a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi informing her of his decision to quit all official and Congress party positions. The Congress party has reportedly sidelined him after the alleged CD controversy.
Singhvi termed the CD as fabricated and blamed his rivals for trying to throw baseless allegation at him.
"I have decided to resign as Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice. Personnel and Grievances and have informed the Hon'ble Congress President accordingly. I have also decided not to brief the press," Singhvi said in a press release.
"I have done this only to prevent even the slightest possible Parliamentary disruption regarding the purported CDs being circulated about me. Since I am a disciplined party soldier, I did not think it fit to subject the party to any inconvenience on this account. All allegations are patently baseless and false," he added.
He also took a potshot at the media for spreading fabricated allegations against him.
"People inimically opposed to me, who have assiduously spent over ten days hearing, seeing, amplifying and distilling the CD, found no vestige of any reference, not even remotely, to any illegality, corrupt practice or wrongdoing. Specifically, some sections of the print and visual media are spreading a falsehood simply by repetition and hearsay that there is a reference in the CD to the promise of any post. No one has heard any such reference in the CD. There is none simply because it does not exist. It is pure imagination, wishful thinking and sensationalism," he said.
Singhvi had earlier filed a complaint against his former driver Mukesh Lal after he leaked a CD showing Singhvi in a sexual act with another lawyer.
The Delhi High Court ordered a permanent injunction against telecasting or circulation of the CD after Lal making a written statement in the court that he doctored the video to malign the politician's reputation.