Govt fully with Chidambaram: Salman Khurshid
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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.


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

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