NEW DELHI: Congress on Wednesday accused the government of a "massive cover-up" on the issue of journalist Ved Prakash Vaidik meeting terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan.
However, Government rejected the charge, saying it has nothing to do with it.
Attacking the government, senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said, "It is very clear that the government is involved" in the meeting between journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and Saeed.
"Indian High Commission knew about his visit. Our intelligence agencies must have been keeping track of the activities of Vaidik. It was definitely known...now it is massive-cover up by the government since they have been caught on a wrong foot," Nath told reporters outside Parliament.
Rejecting the charge, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said all the representatives of the government have already made it very clear that Vaidik was not a representative or messenger of the government. "...The government has nothing to do with this entire episode," he said.
WHO SAID WHAT
Vedik supports Independent Kashmir. Arun Jaitley calls it Diplomatic Misadventure & Venkayya Naidu calls it a Non Issue. Is that BJP stand?
-Divijay Singh (Congress Leader)
Categorically and unequivocally, I would like to state that the government has nothing to do with Vaidik's trip to Pakistan or his meeting with Hafiz Saeed there. Neither before going to Pakistan nor after reaching there did he inform us that he is meeting Saeed... It was purely a private trip and a personal meeting.
-Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs Minister)
Government has nothing to do with either the visit or the meeting between Ved Pratap Vaidik and Saeed. It is a diplomatic misadventure of a private individual.
-Arun Jaitley (Finance Minister)
The government has nothing to do. Vaidik has been neither authorised nor representing the government or BJP. We have nothing to do with that meeting. It's a free country, people are going to different places.
-Venkaiah Naidu (Parliamentary Affairs Minister)
The question is did the Indian embassy facilitate the gentleman (Vaidik) or not. We are curious to find out if Indian embassy has facilitated this event.
- Rahul Gandhi, (Congress leader)