Ending months of speculation, Indian Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram has opined that ‘people can talk from jails’ too. It is being interpreted as Government’s position about not releasing the ULFA leaders for much hyped ULFA-GOI talks which got a boost after PM Manmohan Singhs discussion with prominent personalities from Assam in June, 2010.
The possibility of release of the outlawed ULFA leaders appeared slim with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram asserting that the detained leaders could talk with the government from the prison.
“People in jail can also talk if they want to,” said the Union Home Minister in reply to a question about his recent meeting with the delegation of Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA) led by Dr Hiren Gohain.
Clarifying further, Chidambaram maintained that the ULFA leaders were in judicial custody and executive cannot release anybody who is in judicial custody.
“We have authorised the Chief Minister of Assam to decide on when, and whether and in what manner the talks can be held,” he reiterated an as after thought.
The Union Home Minister’s response on Wednesday was same as the reply he gave to a SJA delegation last week. Virtually ruling out the possibility of releasing the ULFA leaders, the Union Home Minister had done some plain speaking citing serious legal charges pending against them.
News Source : Assam Tribune.