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Who leaked the Liberhan report?

Who leaked the Liberhan Commission report to the media? BJP leader Arun Jaitley said either the government or the Commission leaked the report. “There is no third source,” he said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2009 00:29 IST
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Who leaked the Liberhan Commission report to the media? BJP leader Arun Jaitley said either the government or the Commission leaked the report. “There is no third source,” he said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram categorically denies allegations that the government leaked the report.

“There is only one copy of the report and that was in the ministry’s safe custody. It is unfortunate that a newspaper has
carried what purports to be the contents of the report. I refrain from commenting on correctness or otherwise. No one from the home ministry has spoken to any journalist,” he said. “I will have to be a foolish man and embarrass myself (to leak the report).”

Justice M.S. Liberhan angrily dismisses suggestions that he leaked the report. “Don’t challenge my character... get lost. I am not a person who is accessible to you (media)... I don’t want to talk about it,” he told journalists in Chandigarh. “I am not that characterless a person that I will hand over the report to the media before it being placed in Parliament.”
Justice Liberhan submitted the report on June 30. The report has to be tabled in Parliament along with the Action Taken Report within six months.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj feels the report was “deliberately leaked”.

She said one of the reasons was that the government was “rattled” by the unity of the Opposition on the sugarcane price issue and wanted to break it. It is also a “well-planned strategy” to “mislead” people ahead of Jharkhand polls, she said.