Vineetha Menon writes in India Wires
Yesterday, Twitter the micro-blogging site was riot with tweets on senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s ‘sexcapades’. Twitter was replete with sex based limericks featuring Abhishek Manu Singhvi and his partner, a lady lawyer. Yes, the same Abhishek Manu Singhvi who uttered the immortal words, with reference to Karnataka Legislative Assembly Porngate issue, “This is the real chaal, charitra & chehra of BJP”.
The circumstances that led to a ‘Twitter ball’ in Singhvi’s name, was the leak of an alleged porn tape, with spotlights on the sexually consenting duo. However media treated the matter rather insipidly, with brief mentions tucked away in some remote section. The inevitable ingredient when it came to covering any such instance was conspicuously missing: sensationalism. Yes, the very same sensationalism that took Nityananda to an eternal ‘Hall of Notoriety’.
Reviving the episode of Nityananda, a self styled godman, whose bedroom flings with a well known South Indian actress were caught on camera. The issue ruled the media roost for aeons together. News readers and panelists screeched the matter day and night, with varying shades of judgement being passed. Media pronounced that Nityananda was a culprit, way before the Indian judiciary did so. He was nailed mercilessly in unimaginable ways.
Isn’t the issue regarding Singhvi just the same? To be blunt, Singhvi, just like NItyananda was involved in an alleged act of ‘secret’ sex, which was caught on camera. But in the case of Singhvi, the media protected him and covered up the matter brilliantly by giving him just a passing reference. There was no onslaught and the issue was hastily swept under the carpet.
Wither lay the difference?
Apparently nowhere! But obviously somewhere !! And evidently everywhere !!!
All that we heard about the ‘Singhvi sexcapade’ was the involvement of a hapless driver, who was supposed to have served his master for years together, who left service without any notice for reasons of personal grudge and whose apparent idea of revenge was gluing his master in nothing less than a ‘sexcapade’! The story appears to be anything but credulous. Not even the most uncreative director from Bollywood will have a similar plot for a thriller movie: Manish Kumar Lal, the irate driver of Abhishek Manu Singhvi divorced himself from his master of many years without any notice. The reason: the masters’ dogs sank their teeth into the driver’s pregnant wife and with the baby born handicapped, the driver nursed vengeance against Singhvi. Added to this happens to be an allegation that his monthly payment was not upto the mark. A perfect plot for revenge to brew up in the driver’s mind. And with Nemeses working so well, the man resorted to porn as ultimate form of retribution.
In a desperate bid to cover up reality and truth, the scripted drama was given publicity. Adding to this was the prop of a hastily procured Delhi HC directive forbidding the circulation/ telecast/ broadcast of the sex CD.
And so, media gave its final verdict: “All is well”.
However, the real story seems to lie elsewhere, with reports elaborated by Daily Bhaskar. A probe was done by them into whether the Congress spokesperson had a consensual sex with the lady lawyer or did he have sex in return of any ‘favour’. The probe led to assertions made by a Delhi-based lawyer Swaty Singh Malik, who revealed quantum about the episode through her tweets. Her tweets hinted that “the Congress leader had consensual sex with a lady lawyer who is in her mid 40s”. Reproducing hitherto from Daily Bhaskar:
A Delhi-based lawyer claimed on Twitter to have known the details about the alleged CD. Her tweets hinted that the Congress leader had consensual sex with a lady lawyer who is in her mid 40s.
“@shilpitewari i know the female. She was not exploited.She s vinfluential even otherwise. Happened in his office. She is about 45-50yrs old,” tweeted Delhi-based lawyer Swaty Singh Malik.
Her comments followed the tweets: “@shilpitewari it has to be consensual or else he can much better/younger girls if he wants to exploit.”
The lawyer also mentioned that the lady in the CD too is very rich and influential and that so did not have sex with Singhvi in return of some favour.
Notably, Singhvi had alleged that the CD was “forged, concocted, morphed and fabricated”.
Here are a few tweets on Swati Singh Malik’s wall on the ‘objectional CD’ of Singhvi.
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@prachivsharma doctored tou pata nahi. But feel bad for the lady lawyer as well. So much crap without evidence.”
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@DKMahant heard about it in the morning and was disgusted ! Feel bas for the lady lawyer being dragged in!
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@shilpitewari i know the female. She was not exploited.She s vinfluential even otherwise. Happened in his office. She is about 45-50yrs old.”
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@shilpitewari I assume you know her too. I do not agree that they had sex just for judgeship. U think it’s that simple to become a judge?NO!”
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@shilpitewari it has to be consensual or else he can much better/younger girls if he wants to exploit.”
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@Simblee what’ve know is that thy didn’t record it .. A staff member did and then blackmailed him.”
Swaty Singh Malik @SwatySMalik: “@SwarupKS see she too is v rich and v influential also has a great legal practice. So sex only for favour is unlikely.”
Unfortunately, strangely and as expected, many of the tweets made by Swaty Singh Malik have ‘disappeared’ from Twitter timeline. However, here are some of the crucial ones that remain as evidence, as they were retweeted by others. The very fact that the tweets stand missing sing the song “Something- is- fishy-la- la- la”……..
Now from the side of the audience, the citizens who witnessed the scripted drama a few questions stand uncleared. Usually the hounding media sleuths takes care of these issues. But since they suffered from a rare version of amnesia and forgot to swoop down on the issue and grant any kind of coverage to the same, the audience stands lost.
Dear media, the very questions that you ask and the very answers you furnish to those, yourself are listed below. Care to give us answer?
- Was the driver so tech savvy that he was skilled in morphing, leading to creation of porn? Why then was he working as a driver, without trying his hand in the IT scenario?
- It appears that the driver is person of speculations. In that case, why did he not file a case and seek a claim when the dog bite episode took place?
- Isn’t he a psychopath, to think of revenge in such extreme terms, considering the fact that extortion, kidnap, poisoning are other plausible ways?
- And if so, Singhvi, a reputed lawyer and an evident smart alec as seen by his stock of repartee widely publicized on news channels did not ever discern that his driver happens to be a psycopath?
- Reproducing Rajdeep Sardesai’s Tweets:
Breaking now on CNN IBN: Abhishek Manu Singhvi ‘opts out’ of cong party briefings. Claims he is ‘unwell’.
Now, looking at tweets made by Raja of IBN Live, isn’t it surprising that the hounding media willingly kept away from Singhvi, letting the ‘depressed soul’ some ‘rest’, given other occasions they have been known to shadow and stalk any ‘hapless victim/ prey’?
Like everyone who watched, read and partook in the screening of the ‘Singhvi Sexcapade’ drama, I too am inclined to give my verdict. There is a tweet i found striking. Will go by the same, support it and declare my verdict: Singhvi is guilty!!