New Delhi: The Congress on Wednesday dismissed
suggestions that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has passed the
buck for the fiasco involving appointment of P J Thomas as
"The Prime Minister has squarely...very honourably taken
responsibility saying I am accountable. He has not passed the
buck to anybody....It is a completely erroneous reading of
the situation," party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
Noting that the issue was over with the Prime Minister`s
statement, he said the Supreme Court has passed no stricture
on the High Powered Committee headed by Singh or any of its
Besides, there is a distinction between bonafide and
malafide error, he said.
In his statement in Rajya Sabha yesterday, the Prime
Minister virtually blamed former MoS (Personnel) Prithviraj
Chavan, saying the note forwarded by him for the selection
committee did not have information about corruption case
Singh had said that he was not aware of a charge sheet
against Thomas till the meeting of selection committee on
September 3 last year and that he gave his approval as he
believed vigilance clearance would have been obtained as
Thomas had earlier served as Kerala Chief Secretary and
Secretary in the Central government.