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A slew of theories does the rounds on the possible motive behind the selective leaking of the tapes

Mumbai Confidential
Mumbai Confidential
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When on November 14, 2000, Sanjay Dutt and friends called up cellphone number 00971505651193 from a hotel room in Nasik, little did they know that their entire conversation would be replayed in the public domain one day. But they had almost got away. For several months, Bharat Shah's lawyers tried to tell the sessions court that their client was not alone if mere talking to the underworld was a crime. Lawyer Kapil Sibal even played the tape in the court as journalists listened on. But suddenly the tapes were telecast on television, triggering off many theories on who leaked it and why:

They Wanted to Ruin the Sunil Dutt Theory:
Sunil Dutt was campaigning in Gujarat. Along with Shankersinh Vaghela, he was reportedly making good progress when his son's mischief interfered with his job yet again. As V.V.S. Laxman may say, timing is everything. There is a feeling that Sharad Pawar, who may be fielding NCP candidates to neutralise the Congress in Gujarat, may have pressurised his man in Maharashtra, deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, into using the...
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