Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday challenged Jaswant Singh to name the US mole who the latter alleged had snooped on PV Narasimha Rao’s PMO.
The former foreign minister had not picked up the gauntlet till the filing of this report.
The prime minister’s withering riposte was delivered after an all-party luncheon meeting hosted by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. He told reporters: “If Jaswant Singh had the decency and courage, he should name the person whom he’s accusing of being a mole. We’re not afraid of any debate on any issue.”
Jaswant’s book, A Call to Honour, is not winning him friends. Even the BJP and the RSS are unhappy about it and have questioned its timing and the relevance of the issues it raises.
Jaswant has claimed in his book that the mole in Rao’s PMO had leaked nuclear secrets to the US and that “we are still being snooped”.
The leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha said he had come to know about this a decade ago but remained quiet as he did not want to sensationalise the issue.
“The honour of the Prime Minister’s Office, to an extent, was at stake. We were snooped, we are still being snooped,” he said in the book.