Cong steers clear of award of Padma Bhushan to Chatwal
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Last Updated: Monday, February 08, 2010, 20:44
New Delhi: Congress on Monday steered clear of the issue of award of Padma Bhushan to controversial US hotelier Sant Singh Chatwal in the backdrop of reports that he was declared bankrupt and a case pertaining to a hotel was still pending against him.

"The Home Secretary has said that the ministry was in the process of collecting facts. We have nothing more to say on this," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Asked whether awarding Chatwal with the Padma award was correct, he said, "let the government come to a determination ... Let the government complete the process".

Tewari also downplayed the Batla House encounter issue and the statement of party general secretary Digvijay Singh who had raised doubts on the encounter.

He said there were concerns and the party general secretary only reflected those concerns.

"A report has been prepared and he (Singh) is the appropriate person to answer queries on that," the spokesman added.


First Published: Monday, February 08, 2010, 20:44

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