Union defence minister Pranab Mukherjee and navy chief Admiral Arun Prakash have always maintained that the navy's investigation into the war room leak was completely above board. But consider the following:
- On March 21, 2006, in a suo motu statement in Parliament Mukherjee named Parashar as a recipient of classified information. Barely three days later, on March 25, Parashar flew to London and met up with Shankaran. Strangely enough, there wasn’t even a lookout notice for him even though the case was handed over to the CBI on February 18.
- On January 9 this year, the MoD in an official press release stated that the intelligence bureau had investigated the matter and "it was found that no other naval officer, including the naval chief, was involved". But on June 23, the CBI raided eight navy officers. Why weren’t they investigated in May 2005 when the leak was first detected?
- None of the material unearthed by the IB was handed over to the CBI....