Cong steers clear of award of Padma Bhushan to Chatwal

Last Updated: Monday, February 8, 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


First Published: Monday, February 8, 2010 - 20:44

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