Twist in 26/11, Parl attack controversy; UPA, Cong relieved?

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New Delhi, July 18: The country was stormed following a news over Central government's alleged role in Parliament attack 2001 and Mumbai terror attacks 2008. Now, it seems that Congress-led UPA government might have received some relief as the controversy has taken a surprising twist.

Earlier it was reported that former Union Home Ministry official RVS Mani allegedly mentioned government's role in the two terror attacks which had shaken the nation in the past. Days after the controversy, Mani, who is currently posted as deputy land and development officer in the urban development ministry, reported overruled such reports.

According to Indian Express, Mani had said, "Parliament attack and the Mumbai attack were orchestrated by the government in power." However, the former home ministry official reportedly denied such statement.

Mumbai Terror Attacks 2008

Earlier Firstpost had published a letter written by Mani to Urban Development ministry informing about his encounter with CBI chief in Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case -- IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma.

According to the report published by Firstpost, it was Verma and not Mani who had allegedly accused the government of orchestrating the two terror attacks in India. According to Mani's letter, which was published by Firstpost, Verma had claimed, "both these (terror attacks) were held with the objective of strengthening the counter terrorist legislation."

"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," reads the letter published by the news portal.

However, Mani'a lawyer KB Singh was quoted by the Indian Express as saying, "He (Mani) has not mentioned anything regarding the Parliament attack of 2001 or the 26/11 Mumbai attack in his letter. That must have been fabricated. This controversy arose because he confronted the investigating officer. He is sticking to his point."

"He was asked to do something against one of his seniors, which he refused to do. He was also asked by the IO to admit that the affidavits submitted in court were not drafted by him but he did not agree to it," added the lawyer.

Mani earlier 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.

Mani was summoned as he had filed the two home ministry affidavits in the Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case in the Gujarat High Court in 2009. The first affidavit had claimed that Ishrat and the three other men killed with her were Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants and objected to the CBI probe into the encounter but the second affidavit said the intelligence about the persons did not constitute conclusive proof and favoured a CBI investigation.

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