Congress leader P Chidambaram has called the sedition charges against the students who held a pro-Afzal Guru meeting at the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus outrageous.
He has also doubted the degree of involvement of the hanged terrorist in the 2001 Parliament attacks.
In an interview, he said, “I think it is possible to hold an honest opinion that the Afzal Guru case was perhaps not correctly decided.”
He said while being in the government it was not possible for him to raise doubts over the court’s judgement. He was the finance minister under the UPA-II government at the time Afzal Guru was hanged.
Amid raising controversy over sedition charges against three arrested students, Chidambaram said the opinion that Afzal Guru’s case was wrongly decided by the court is not anti-national so it is outrageous to slap sedition charges against the students.
He also said the court will throw out charges against students at the first hearing.
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“Free speech is not seditious speech. Is your speech a spark in the powder keg (inciting violence) only then it amounts to sedition.”
According to Chidambaram, it is wrong to project anyone as an anti-national, who are against the capital punishment of Afzal Guru.
From 2008 to 2011 P Chidambaram, was home minister of India. In 2013 when Sushilkumar Shinde was home minister Afzal Guru was executed.
Afzal Guru was convicted by the Supreme Court of India in the 2001 Parliament attack that killed six Delhi Police personnel, two Parliament Security Service personnel and all 5 Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists. He was hanged on February 9, 2013 during the UPA-2 government after President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition.