BJP LEADER Subramanian Swamy on Sunday urged the Modi government to direct the Attorney General to move the Supreme Court, seeking punishment for former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram for allegedly giving false information in affidavits submitted in court in relation to the Ishrat Jahan case.
After addressing office-bearers of his organisation Virat Hindustan Sangam in Lucknow, Swamy told mediapersons that if the Centre does not move court against Chidambaram, he himself would file a petition.
Claiming that Chidambaram should be booked for contempt of court, Swamy said: “If Chidambaram, during investigation, says that facts in affidavit about Ishrat Jahan was changed on the directive of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, then she should also be named as a co-accused in the case.”
He added that the Ishrat Jahan case was related to the “security and life of Narendra Modi”.
Swamy’s demand came after the BJP, in the Lok Sabha, contended that the previous UPA government had tried to “fix” Modi — then the CM of Gujarat — over the Ishrat Jahan issue.
Last Friday, BJP MP Anurag Thakur had raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, citing former home secretary G K Pillai’s remark in a TV programme, where he said the affidavit — submitted to the Gujarat High Court on August 6, 2009 regarding LeT links of Ishrat and her accomplices — was changed.
Swamy also alleged that Congress workers had attacked his cavalcade with eggs and ink in Kanpur on Saturday to appease their top leaders, “who are worried about going to jail in the National Herald case”. “Top Congress leaders would certainly go to jail in the case. They can avoid it only for a few days by filing fresh applications in the court,” he said.
He also took on the Akhilesh government, saying that “it was responsibility of the UP government to give protection to anybody who comes to the state”.
Swamy said he has approached several leaders, including Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, for coming to a consensus on daily hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case pending in the Supreme Court. While Owaisi is not a party in the case, Swamy said that he had approached him because the AIMIM chief has influence over the Muslim community. He added that he had also met Shahabuddin, former chairman of Babri Masjid Action Committee.
“Both said they have no objection if the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case on a daily basis. If this happens, the judgment may come within a month,” said Swamy, who had earlier said the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya will begin by the end of this year.
Claiming that he has not moved Supreme Court on the Ram temple issue for any political gain or because elections would held in Uttar Pradesh next year, Swamy said: “I have been working for the Ram temple for several years now… I have never stopped… elections are held in different states every year.”
On the Centre doing away with Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) minority status, Swamy said the government cannot establish any minority institution. “Privately established institutions could be run as minority institutions, but in such cases, these institutions should not take grants from the government,” he added.
Supporting Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani in her argument with BSP chief Mayawati in Rajya Sabha on the Rohith Vemula suicide case, Swamy said: “Smriti is an intellectual person… all BJP leaders are happy with her arguments… But Congress leaders are targeting her because they cannot tolerate the emergence of a woman leader in any other party.”
Asked about the JNU row, Swamy said only those students should be allowed to stay in university hostels who complete their degree courses within four years. “Students, who stay on the campus because they can’t clear a course for 12 years or are suspected of being involved in anti-national activities and links with Pakistan, should not be allowed entry on the campus,” he added.