Chidambaram in a recent interview told a leading newspaper that, he thinks that it is possible to hold an honest opinion regarding the Afzal Guru case that was perhaps not correctly decided upon.
This comes three years after, UPA government ordered the hanging of Afzal Guru for his involvement in 2001 Parliament attack, during which P. Chidambaram held the Home and Finance portfolios in the government.
In his response to the question that whether the court’s decision was correct or not in the Afzal Guru case and also whether the penalty awarded to him was appropriate or not, the congress party senior leader said that, “I think it is possible to hold an honest opinion that the Afzal Guru case was perhaps not correctly decided.”
The Congress party distant itself from Chidambaram’s statement and Ashwini Kumar, party’s spokesperson stated that, “The decision of the honorable Supreme Court in the Afzal Guru case is final and declaratory of law and justice in the case. It is futile to reopen this debate since the matter has attained judicial finality. Every citizen and instrumentality of the government is bound in law to accept the judgment of the final court.”
Congress made its stand clear by saying that it accepts SC judgment as final and correct.
The two seem to be on different page regarding the issue and the most important question that can be raised here is why this discomfort from the judgment was not raised before, when they had the power to make a difference?