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Rao govt knew about mole, claims Jaswant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 28
Former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh today challenged the government to take legal action against him for not naming the spy and claimed that the P.V. Narasimha Rao government knew about the US mole in the PMO.

In an interview with Mr Karan Thapar at the CNBC news channel, Mr Singh also alleged that the Rao government somehow indulged in leaking secrets about the country’s nuclear programme.

“The government had the information because it was the government that was leaking nuclear secrets,” Mr Singh told Mr Thapar when he asked why he had not disclosed the information about the mole when he came to know of it over a decade ago.

“Let the government charge me if I am guilty of a criminal offence”, Mr Singh said in reply to a question and stressed that he would give the information only to the Prime Minister.

The Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha claimed that he had made a personal request to the Prime Minister seeking a meeting to hand over the name.

“But over 36 hours have passed and the Prime Minister had not found it convenient to meet me,” he said.

“It is important for me to go and share the information with the Prime Minister,” he said. He further asked: “Why does he not give me the time?”

Insisting that the spy he has referred to in his book ‘A Call to Honour’ was a part and parcel of the government, Mr Singh asked: “How do you separate him from the government?” He also denied that he had identified the spy as a civil servant.

“I have said I am not sure whether he was a civil servant or an uncivil servant. He was certainly working with the PMO. But later he was no longer associated because the Prime Minister had changed,” he said.

Referring to the claims in his book that the information about the mole could have been supplied to him to put the then government in an embarrassing situation, Mr Singh said he kept it a secret because he believed its disclosure could have destabilised pre-1998 governments that were “dependent on the principal party”.

“I saw the purpose of the letter........ to destabilise the government,” he observed.

He took strong exception to suggestions that he was using stunts to push the sales of his book and termed these suggestions as “dishonour” to his intentions. 




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