Digvijay`s statement is his personal opinion: Cong

Reacting to Digvijay Singh`s comment that courts should not keep undertrials in lock up, Cong said it was his personal opinion.

Updated: Oct 28, 2011, 20:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Apparently reflecting the unease
in the party over Digvijay Singh`s comment that courts should
not keep undertrials in lock up, Congress on Friday said it was
his personal opinion and it does not feel the need to comment
on judicial proceedings or on every remark of "others".

Congress leaders speaking privately said the party feels
it is "irrelevant" to draw any analogy between Rajat Gupta
case, cited by Digvijay, and cases like 2G scam and CWG.

"It is his opinion. Ask him about it. We do not feel the
need to comment on it. Congress party does not feel the need
to comment on any judicial and legal process. Nor it does it
feel the need to give remarks about any individual case. I
do not see any reason for the Congress to comment on every
remark of others," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said
responding to a volley of questions on Singh`s remarks.

Earlier in the day, the AICC general secretary cited the
case of former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta in the US
and made a strong pitch for release on bail of all accused who
have been chargesheeted after completion of probe.

Singh`s assertion came in the backdrop of former Telecom
Minister A Raja, DMK MP Kanimozhi and Congress MP Suresh
Kalmadi languishing behind bars in corruption cases like 2G
and Commonwealth Games, but Singh stressed he was not taking
any names.

Singh said, "Once a person is chargesheeted and the
investigation in the particular case is completed, every
accused has a right to get bail as a principle...I think this
is something, our judiciary should take into consideration."

A party leader speaking on condition of anonymity said,
"There is no reason why Congress should comment on Rajat
Gupta`s analogy to 2G or CWG. It is irrelevant for the party
to draw such analogies."

The party leader at the same time said that Digvijay`s
statements on many issues so far are "not anti-party
activities" but were his personal opinions on which the
party does not need to comment.

At the AICC briefing, Singhvi, however, refused to
either endorse or reject Singh`s contention on the bail issue.

"I have said whatever I have to say on the issue. We
do not need to comment on the merits of any legal case,"
Singhvi said.

PTI