Cong steers clear of comments on CVC appointment

Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi said the Congress, as a political party, was not in the picture when it came to appointments like the CVC.

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday steered clear of
comments on government telling the Supreme Court that cases of
corruption against P J Thomas were not put up before a three-
member panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which
cleared his appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner.

"It is a matter between the government and the Supreme
Court. We would not like to comment on matters that are
sub-judice," Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told
reporters.

He said the Congress, as a political party, was not in
the picture when it came to appointments like the CVC.

"These are matters between the Court and the government.

We hope that the government will furnish before the court the
necessary details sought by it," Congress spokesman Shakeel
Ahmed said.

Asked about Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj`s remarks that she intended to move the Supreme
Court on the appointment of Thomas as CVC, Ahmed said "anybody
is free to approach the Supreme Court".

On the issue of black money stashed in safe havens
abroad, the AICC spokesman said that Finance Minister Pranab
Mukherjee had already explained the issue in detail.

Ahmed said the efforts made by the government had
resulted in the recovery of Rs 34,000 crore of black money.

He said the Congress party favoured recovery of the black
money stashed in foreign banks but the government should not
break any international agreements in doing so.

On AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh`s comments that
Veer Savarkar was the first proponent of the two-nation
theory, Ahmed merely said "Singh is a General Secretary of the
party and if he speaks something the media and the opposition
takes notice".

However, he said that it was truw that the RSS and the
Muslim League did play a key role in fomenting communal
tension.

He dismissed the allegations of the BJP that the Prime
Minister was the `emperor of scams`.

"Nobody will believe these wild allegations. These are
absurd allegations against a person of the stature of the
Prime Minister," Ahmed said.

PTI

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