Govt fully with Chidambaram: Salman Khurshid

Last Updated: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 23:27

New Delhi: Asserting that the government was
with Home Minister P Chidambaram on the 2G issue, Law Minister
Salman Khurshid on Friday dismissed controversy over a Finance
Ministry note sent to the PMO saying it was not written by
Pranab Mukherjee but by a junior officer.

"Not only we are behind the Home Minister, we are all
together united on the issue," Khurshid said when asked if the
Government was backing the Home Minister who is facing
allegations on the issue.

"We are saying that we don`t believe that Chidambaram in
remotest of ways should be questioned for policy decisions
that were taken at that time," he said.

On the Finance Ministry note, Khurshid said, "I am not
willing to believe that this was done by Pranab Mukherjee.
Inferences are unwarranted and it is unfair to jump to
conclusions... but I am sure that he has not even remotely put
a question-mark over his predecessor."

He said the Finance Minister would not have endorsed the
the note and such an important matter has to go through the
Finance Secretary and not from a junior official to another.

Asked to react on a letter written by Minister of State
Ashwani Kumar to the Prime Minister, he said the people have
minds of their own and have opinions on decisions taken by the
Cabinet and it cannot be construed as "confrontation and
disagreement."

In the letter, Kumar has reportedly said that the
Government reputation was damaged by zero-loss claim of Kapil
Sibal in 2G scam.

Asked who was to be ultimately blamed for the whole
issue, the Law Minister said at an "appropriate stage", all
these questions would be answered.

PTI



First Published: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 23:27

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