West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday stated the identity theft of Rafale documents from the Union Ministry of Defence was simply a matter of problem and made it mandatory an investigation into it.
She also sought the central government’s version regarding the theft and questioned who was the ‘chhuppa rustam’ (hidden person) behind this act.
In a tweet in Hindi, Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, explained the whole matter as ‘tamasha’ (farce ) and hinted that its fallout would be well-known after the Lok Sabha elections.
“What farce is going on in the country? Documentation are now being stolen from the Ministry of Defence itself. This is really a very dangerous situation for the country,” she tweeted.
“What would certainly the government say for this? Who is actually the hidden person behind this? There should be an investigation into it,” she included.
The chief minister questioned the people to “wait for sometime as general election results would probably come out soon”.
Lawyer General K K Venugopal had told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the Rafale documents were stolen from the Defence Ministry.
The government had also threatened The Hindu newspaper with action under the Official Secrets Act for publishing articles based upon data allegedly taken from the stolen documents.
Banerjee had on Wednesday condemned the “threats by the BJP” to N Ram, chairman of The Hindu publishing group.
“Media plays an important role in democracy. I strongly condemn threats by BJP govt to one of India’s most senior & respected editors, N Ram. Invoking Official Secrets Act to threaten journalists is a shame,” she had tweeted.