Prosecutors have insisted they are still continuing with charges against former Cabinet minister Chris Huhne after a Liberal Democrat judge claimed the case was about to be dropped.
Former energy secretary Chris Huhne
Laurence Brass, a former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate, Tweeted that Mr Huhne had told him the prosecution would be dropped next month.
Mr Huhne, a Lib Dem MP, resigned as Energy Secretary after being charged with perverting the course of justice.
It centres on claims he persuaded his then-wife, Vicky Pryce, to take his penalty points for a speeding offence in 2003.
His 26-year marriage ended after he revealed he was in a relationship with his aide and press officer, Carina Trimingham.
The trial was due to start in October but was adjourned to next month. He has always denied the allegations.
The Crown Prosecution Service said today that the prosecution was continuing
Mr Brass, an asylum judge, is said to have put a message on Twitter on Friday saying: â€œBreaking news. Met ex-Energy Sec Chris Huhne in Commons, who confirmed that prosecution against him will be dropped next month.â€
The message was deleted an hour later.
A friend reportedly said: â€œIt was a private conversation which should never have found its way into the public domain.
â€œHe removed the message as soon as he realised his mistake.â€
Mr Huhne was the first Cabinet Minister in living memory to be forced from office by a criminal prosecution.
After seeing the message from Judge Brass, political betting expert Mike Smithson put his own message on Twitter saying that the odds on Mr Huhne succeeding Nick Clegg as Lib Dem leader were now 12/1.
Huhne charges continue, says CPS, after claims case is to be dropped