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Jaswant has not named US mole: PM

The Prime Minister rubbishes the senior BJP leader's claim he sent informant's name, who sold N-secrets, in his letter.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2006 01:31 IST

Virtually rubbishing the claim made by Jaswant Singh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said the former External Affairs Minister had not named the "alleged informant" in PMO who leaked nuclear secrets to the US and there was no confirmation that the person was from PMO during PV Narasimha Rao's tenure.

The Prime Minister also said he was surprised that Jaswant Singh had not shared the material in his possession as a Cabinet Minister with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Jaswant Singh had on Saturday claimed in Mumbai that the name of the US 'mole' in the PMO during the Narasimha Rao regime, referred to by him in his book 'A Call to Honour', and other details have been given to the Prime Minister in his letter sent on July 28.

"The document which you sent me is not an original document and has no signature or letterhead," Singh said in a short reply to Jaswant Singh. 

"No such name (of the mole) has been given by Jaswant Singh," the Prime Minister's Media Advisor Sanjaya Baru told reporterss here. 

Giving details of the letter to the mediapersons, Baru said reports have been appearing in a section of the media that Jaswant Singh, who is the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, has communicated some information pertaining to certain allegations he had made with respect to leakage of information from the PMO in the 1990s.

Baru said Jaswant Singh's letter to the Prime Minister was no different from what he has already shared with the media.

"I have received your letter of July 28 regarding an informant in the PMO in the mid 1990s," the Prime Minister said in his reply to Jaswant Singh written on Sunday.

"Simultaneously, I find that a copy of the letter has been published in the latest issue of India Today. It's the same letter which has been addressed to the Prime Minister. No other information has been given," he said. 

Baru said Jaswant Singh's letter to the Prime Minister was no different from what he has already shared with the media.

".....The alleged informant is not named nor is there any confirmation that the person was from the PMO," the Prime Minister wrote to Jaswant Singh, according to Baru.

"If you (Jaswant Singh) have any further information in this regard, you may wish to disclose it to the public," the Prime Minister said in his letter.

"I am, however, surprised that the material sent by you was in your possession when you were a member of the Union Council of Ministers and still you did not share it with my predecessor," he said.

Reading out the letter written by the Prime Minister to Jaswant Singh, Baru said "I have received your letter of July 28 regarding an informant in the PMO in the mid 1990s.

Baru said the Prime Minister, in his letter to Jaswant Singh, said the document which the former Union minister had sent "is not the original document. It has no signature or letter head.