Arjun: media got me wrong on Batla House encounter

Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Wednesday sought to clarify that he has not sought a judicial probe into the Batla House....

Written by Vijay Pratap Singh | Allahabad | Published:January 22, 2009 11:53 pm

Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh on Wednesday sought to clarify that he has not sought a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter as reported by the media a day before.

In Allahabad during the inaugural ceremony of Nehru Gram Bharti University at Kotwa,the Minister said his statement on the encounter was misquoted by the media. “They (journalists) asked me whether I had demanded any judicial probe into Batla House encounter. I said that I did not make any demand nor did I make any suggestion of a judicial probe into the incident. I told them that the matter was now with the Prime Minister and that I had a talk with him over the issue. In reply to the question if there should be any judicial probe in the matter,I had said that it’s a democratic country and it is always better to make things clear. I had even refused to disclose the details of the talk with the PM. I never said that I or the PM was mulling over a judicial probe,” said Arjun Singh to the mediapersons.

He refused to speak if the Congress would field Priyanka Gandhi from Phoolpur seat,the traditional seat of the Nehru-Gandhi family. “The party has authorised some persons to speak out party’s views and I am certainly not one of them,” he said.

On Tuesday in New Delhi,Arjun Singh had said that the Prime Minister was mulling over a judicial probe into the Batla House encounter in which two suspected Indian Mujahideen terrorists and a police inspector were killed. When asked whether a judicial probe into the incident would help clear the air,Singh had nodded in the affirmative.

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