He believes the reason the political class has accepted the expose is the quality of documentation and the improvement in video-audio quality. "They can't shoot the messenger every time. After my experience following the Tehelka scandal, I knew the burden of proof on me has to be very high. I did not take any chances." Besides the visuals shown on TV, Bahal says he has hours of footage involving the negotiations with the 11 MPs. "The tapes are with us. Before I am asked to hand them to any investigating agency, I would like a forensic examination."
He even has an explanation for the fact that the Left MPs were not caught on camera. "We asked the middlemen to take us to all parties. But most of them said that the Communists are not approachable in such matters. One said he would take us but never came up with any real MP." As for Mayawati's charge that he was working on an SP agenda, Bahal says: "I don't even want to dignify that with a response."