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Jethmalani demands apology from Jaswant

Jethmalani says Jaswant had committed a 'more serious offence' by not disclosing about the 'mole' to the police.
None | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2006 07:35 PM IST

Former Union Law Minister Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday demanded an apology from BJP leader Jaswant Singh on the 'mole' issue saying he had committed a 'more serious offence' by not disclosing it to the police.

In a letter to Singh, Jethmalani said "it was your (Singh's) plain duty to denounce the mole to the police authorities while you were writing your book, were committing a criminal offence from day-to-day."

"Your offence is more serious. The public position which you hold and held precludes you from pleading that you did not know the law. You have sworn time and again to uphold the law and the constitution."

"Law cannot be upheld if those who know of its infraction conceal it in their bosom and open up only when they are about to public a book," the letter said and asked Singh, a former External Affairs Minister, to apologise to the Parliament and the nation. "That is the least that I expect of you," he said.

Jethmalani said the mole, whoever he was, was obviously committing offences. "Moles do not act free. They act for huge bribes. I presume that this also you know and have known," he said and added "I do not know exactly when you made this discovery. But I can safely presume that you were then either a minister or at least a Parliament Member."

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