New Delhi: Almost after three years after the UPA government ordered the hanging of Afzal Guru, P Chidambaram, who held the home and finance portfolios in the UPA government, on Thursday said he felt that it was possible to hold an honest opinion and perhaps the case was not decided properly.
There were “grave doubts about the extent of his involvement” in the 2001 Parliament attack. He could have been imprisoned for life without parole for rest of his natural life, he added.
Chidambaram said, “An independent person can hold an opinion, but being in government you cannot say the court has decided the case wrongly because it was the government that prosecuted him and that Free speech is not sedition speech.”
Moreover, it is not right to say that anyone “who holds that opinion is anti-nation”. Chidambaram was home minister from 2008 to 2012, before he switched to finance.
Afzal Guru, who was found guilty of involvement in the attack on Parliament in 2001, was executed in 2013, when Sushilkumar Shinde was home minister.