New Delhi, July 16: Congress-led UPA government and rest of the country might have received one of the most shocking news in recent past. IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma allegedly had claimed that the central government had hatched the infamous Parliament and 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2001 and 2008 respectively.
The new controversy regarding Verma's remark surfaced when former home ministry official RVS Mani sent a letter to his senior in Urban Development Ministry.
Mani, who was the summoned by Verma and CBI-SIT team in connection with Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in Gujarat, quoted the IPS officer as saying that both terror attacks in the country were orchestrated by the Central Government.
Arguing for his shocking claim, Verma allegedly had said, "both these (terror attacks) were with the objective of strengthening the counter terrorist legislation."
Mani in his letter wrote, "He (Verma) narrated that 13.12.2001 was followed by POTA [Prevention of Terrorism Act] and 26.11.2008 was followed by amendment to UAPA [Unlawful Activities Prevention Act] wherein even and [an?] Rupees 10 in any body's pocket can be treated for [as] proceeds of terrorism."
Mani was summoned to Gandhinagar, Gujarat by the then CBI-SIT team member about the home ministry's affidavits in the alleged encounter case. The former home ministry officer also accused Verma of coercing him into signing a statement unsupported by evidence.
Meanwhile, a senior official of the home ministry was quoted as saying, We have not yet received the letter from the urban development ministry. We will certainly seek clarifications from Verma."
Click here to read Mani's complete letter to the Urban Development Ministry. Mani currently has been posted as deputy land and development officer in the urban development ministry.
Citing Verma's alleged remark on the terror attacks, media started questioning -- is Verma a crazed conspiracy theorist? Verma's alleged statement reminds people of Oscar-winning Marion Cotillard. The star had faced criticism with her statement on 9/11 terror attacks in US and 1969 moon landing.
Cotillard was quoted as saying, "I think we're lied to about a number of things. We see other towers of the same kind being hit by planes, are they burned? There was a tower, I believe it was in Spain, which burned for 24 hours. It never collapsed. None of these towers collapsed. And there [New York], in a few minutes, the whole thing collapsed."
Expressing her doubts regarding moon landing, Cotillard had questioned, "Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don't believe all they tell me, that's for sure."