PMO also claimed in its letter that Denyer had apologized three times regarding the article unlike his statement to Indian media that he never apologized.
Replying to the PMO's letter, Denyer said that he stands by his story. He said that he had put request for the interview with the PM on three occasions, and also with T.K.A Nair, Advisor to the Prime Minister, and with Pulok Chatterji, Principal Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office. He said that the requests were either ignored or declined, as per his response posted on Post's website.
Global Post, an American online news media has termed the PMO's protest as a gaffe. It said that if the Prime minister, or the Prime Minister's Office, wants to share the government's side of the story, they have a million ways to do so, all of them more effective and less embarrassing than a "shame on you" letter to the bureau chief of the Washington Post.
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