The Congress and the Left on Sunday lashed out at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for alleging that the protests in Jawaharlal Nehru University had the backing of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.

“I do not know what he (Rajnath Singh) is speaking, he is the home minister and integral security is his responsibility so I think he speaks with some responsibility,” Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja told thestatesman.com.

“If there is any evidence against the students then they should order credible probe and take strict action. Why they are linking the JNU students with the LeT,” Raja added.

The Congress too criticised the home minister and raised the issue of journalist Ved Pratap Vedic meeting Hafiz Saeed last year, alleging that he was affiliated with the RSS.

Senior Congress leader Rashid Alvi told thestatesman.com: “My very specific question to the government is that Vedic who went to see Hafiz Saeed last year, why wasn’t he interrogated? Who is responsible for this as he had a long session with Saeed?”

“It is my considered opinion that he went to meet Saeed on behalf of the Indian Government. It should be inquired into,” Alvi added. 

Giving a new twist to the ongoing JNU row, Rajnath Singh earlier in the day said: “I want to clarify that the protests (at JNU) had the support of Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed.”

JNU students’ union organised an event in the campus in protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru. And, JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar was on Friday arrested on sedition and criminal conspiracy over holding of the event at the varsity during which anti-India slogans were alleged to have been raised.

The event was held despite the JNU administration having cancelled the permission following a complaint by ABVP members, who termed it "anti-national".