When asked about the statement of Chidambaram welcoming the Apex Court order, he said "These are the people who were defending the amendment and who originated these amendments. It is sheer hypocrisy."

Bhardwaj, who was the Law Minister when the amendment to IT Act of 2000 inserting Section 66 A was cleared, cited Chidambaram is a lawyer and he knows it is a correct judgement.

"But earlier they were defending also...they were a party to it. So why feel shy? You should own up. The Cabinet had approved it. There is no harm saying we brought a bad law," he

Responding to a poser, Bhardwaj said he had "no role" in drafting the amendment bill and the then IT Minister (A Raja) had developed the concept.

Another former Law Minister and Congress leader Salman Khurshid refused to join issue with Bhardwaj saying laws are struck down by courts all the time.

He mentioned the Law Ministry is sometimes bypassed by the Union Cabinet in taking call on certain issues. "As it is the opinion of the Law Ministry may not succeed as far as the courts are concerned."

To a question on allegations levelled by Bhardwaj against UPA ministers, he said he is a senior person and he is not sure whether the former minister is still technically a Congress leader as after being a Governor, a person cannot be affiliated to a political party.

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