Kolkata: Senior Congress leader Pranab
Mukherjee on Saturday ridiculed the demand for a judicial inquiry by
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his
party into the "political conspiracy" behind the arms drop in
Purulia 16 years ago.
In an obvious reference to the Purulia arms drop case
accused Kim Davy, Mukherjee, the union finance minster, said,
"An accused is levelling allegation and a hue and cry is being
raised on that basis. Judical inquiry is demanded. Were they
sleeping all these years?" he told reporters here before
leaving for campaigning in Midnapore.
Noting that CBI had investigated the case and submitted
its report, he said that the incident had taken place on the
midnight of December 17-18, 1995 and after that there was a
non-Congress government in Delhi for eight years.
"Indrajit Gupta of CPI, who hailed from Bengal was
union home minister for two years. L K Advani was union home
minister for six years. Three (assembly) elections were held
in Bengal since then. This allegation was never raised," he
In a statement yesterday, Bhattacharjee said that a
political conspiracy had been exposed in the media behind the
arms drop 16 years ago and demanded a judicial probe.
CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat had also made a
similar demand and said the inquiry should be conducted by a
sitting judge of the Supreme Court.