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Jaswant's mole 'based on hunch'

Turning the informant row into a damp squib, the senior BJP leader says he has no definite name of 'mole' in PMO.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2006 11:31 PM IST

In a statement that could turn the mole controversy into a damp squib, senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh on Monday said he has no definite name of the spy in the PMO he had referred to in his book and that his views on the subject were based on 'hunch'.

A day after the Prime Minister wrote a sharp letter telling him that his missive contained no names of the alleged informant, Jaswant Singh briefed his senior party leaders including, Leader of the Opposition LK Advani, on the issue.

"He told the meeting that he has no definite name of the spy and all that he has said was based on a hunch," party sources said on what Jaswant Singh told the leaders.

The former External Affairs Minister, who has been in the thick of a storm on the issue, told the party leaders that he has delivered whatever documents he had to the Prime Minister in connection with the alleged leaks during PV Narasimha Rao's regime.

"He (Jaswant) said it is upto the government to use them as a lead to catch hold of that person," sources said.

Jaswant Singh also wrote a fresh letter on Monday to Prime Minister, who on Sunday told him that the document he had sent was not original and had no signature and faulted him for not taking up the matter with the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

An aide of Jaswant Singh, however, refused to disclose the contents of the five-six page letter he had written to the Prime Minister on Monday.

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