Srinagar: After three years of Afzal Guru’s execution, the Former Indian Finance Minister and senior Congress leader, P Chidambaram has said that the case of Afzal Guru was perhaps not correctly decided.”
In an interview with Delhi-based Economic Times, Chidambaram was quoted as saying, “I think it is possible to hold an honest opinion that the Afzal Guru case was perhaps not correctly decided. But being in government you cannot say the court has decided the case wrongly because it was the government that prosecuted him. But an independent person can hold an opinion that the case was not decided correctly.”
He said, “There were grave doubts about his involvement (in Parliament attack) and even if he was involved, there were grave doubts about the extent of his involvement. He could have been imprisoned for life without parole for (the) rest of his natural life.”
When asked his own party was in power when Guru was hanged, he replied, “That is true, but I was not the home minister then…I can’t say what I would have done. It is only when you sit on that seat you take that decision.”
Chidambaram called it ‘outrageous’ to charge JNU students with sedition case.