It’s not for nothing that Dr Subramanian Swamy is called a maverick. And the maverick was at his best once again while speaking on the 2G scam and its implications in Mumbai, just a day after the trial court judge O P Saini dismissed his petition to make Home Minister P Chidambaram a co-accused with former disgraced telecom minister A Raja in the allocation of the scandal.
Shocking the audience who lapped up every bit of sensationalism that he mouthed Dr Swamy said that Pakistan’s dreaded intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence has dossiers on black money stashed abroad by Indian ministers.
“Every Indian minister is a blackmailable commodity,” said the Janata Party president in the course of his 90-minute speech that took jibes at Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Chidambaram, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
“The ISI knows which (Indian cabinet) minister has how much money in which account,” Dr Swamy threw a bombshell that elicited a huge applause from the audience.
Dr Swamy’s address was organised by Moneylife Foundation, a non-government organisation, on its second anniversary.
Later during an impromptu press conference when rediff.com asked Dr Swamy if he had any concrete evidence that such dossiers exist with the ISI and whether the ISI is using this dossier to blackmail Indian ministers or the statement was made to create sensation, the former Harvard professor and a cabinet minister in the Chandrashekhar government in 1990 shot back, “Dr Swamy doesn’t speak without evidence. I have all the evidence and I will produce it in a court of law when the time comes. Why should I tell you about it?”