2G: Anand Sharma says PC shouldn`t be targeted

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said Chidambaram "continues to enjoy and inspire my full confidence."

New York: Commerce and Industry Minister
Anand Sharma on Saturday came out in support of his Cabinet
colleague Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is caught in a
raging controversy over a 2G note, saying he should not be
targeted and people should not rush to conclusions.

"The Supreme Court is hearing the matter. Let us leave it
to the Court and not prejudge. What has been said by some
opponents, critics against Home Minister P Chidambaram is very
unfair," Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of an
investment forum.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is in the city for the
66th session of the UN General Assembly, had spoken to
Chidambaram over phone from Frankfurt.

Singh had said Chidambaram "continues to enjoy and
inspire my full confidence."

Sharma said he "backs" the statement made by Singh and
added that "what the PM said is the final word."

"Chidambaram should not be targeted, people should
not make judgement at or rush to conclusions. (They should)
let the issue go through the judicial process."

Amid the snow-balling controversy, Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee is expected to meet Singh in New York on
Sunday, rescheduling his departure from Washington, where he
is currently attending key World Bank and IMF meetings.


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