New Delhi: Former Union Law Minister HR Bhardwaj has dropped a bombshell claiming that former Union home minister P Chidambaram was behind the introduction of Section 66A in the Information Technology Act. Speaking to CNN-IBN he said, "Chidambaram was the one behind this act. All of them connived to pass it."
Section 66A of the IT Act has been struck down by the Supreme Court for being "unconstitutional and untenable". The apex court delivered the landmark judgement on March 24 on a petition filed by Shreya Singhal, who sought amendment in Section 66A of the IT Act.
While striking down the controversial section, the court said that it affected freedom of speech and expression, adding that the definition for grounds of arrest under the section were vague.
Continuing his attack on some party leaders, he said, "Congress has gone down because of these leaders who were involved in scams." Commenting on Rahul Gandhi, he said, "Rahul is a young boy but he should be around."
Reacting to allegations against Robert Vadra he said "Robert Vadra issue has been raised to keep Priyanka Gandhi out of politics, but she should come out to join politics."
The Comptroller and Auditor General in its report for the year 2013-14, tabled in the Haryana Assembly on March 25, come down heavily on the state Town and Country Planning Department claiming "undue favours" were shown to builders, including Robert Vadra's Skylight Hospitality, by the Haryana Government during the Congress regime.
Attacking Congress President Sonia Gandhi, he said, "Sonia threw me out of Congress. Those around her threw me out as a minister because I wouldn't toe their line in the 2G case."
HR Bhardwaj was the Karnataka governor between 2009 and 2014.