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PM should name mole: Jaswant Singh
August 03, 2006 01:16 IST
After failing to identify the mole who allegedly leaked secrets from the office of late prime minister P V Narasimha Rao, former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh said on Wednesday that it was for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to come out with the name.
"I wanted to caution the prime minister about the similar situations that are prevailing as they did in 1995, which led to the abandonment of our nuclear test. Now it is for Manmohan Singh to come out with the name. I am sure if they (government) conduct an honest inquiry, we can get the name out," Jaswant Singh said in an interview to Aaj Tak.
The senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said it was up to the prime minister to say if there was no leak in 1995 and to explain why the nuclear test was abandoned then after all the preparations were completed.
Asked why he wanted an answer from Dr Singh and why he was shying away from naming the spy in the PMO, Jaswant Singh said, "It is not for me to give the name, I have asked the Prime Minister to answer. Was he (Manmohan Singh, the then finance minister) in favour of the nuclear test in 1995?"
"He was a senior minister in the cabinet, was he in favour of the test or opposed to it? And if he did not oppose the test, then what role did he play," he asked.
Explaining how the current situation was similar to that in 1995, he said, "The whole Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty clause talks about constant surveillance. An officer in the US embassy is sent back. The Research and Analysis Wing is being compromised. There have been cracks in the R&D facilities. The National Security Advisor says that militants have infiltrated the defence forces and militants could target our nuclear installations."