Khurshid`s statement was spontaneous: Govt to SC

The Supreme Court was on Thursday told by the Government that the statement was general in nature and was not intended to influence in any manner.

Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 20:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court was on Thursday told by the Government that Law Minister Salman Khurshid`s controversial statement that locking up businessmen will hamper investments was "spontaneous" and not to influence anyone.

"The comment made by the minister to the media was spontaneous" Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval told a bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu, which had
yesterday sought a clarification from him while hearing the bail pleas of the accused in the 2G spectrum scam.

He said the statement was general in nature and was not intended to influence in any manner.

The bench also said it was not going to be influenced by anyone.

The bench, which was hearing the bail pleas of jailed Managing Director of Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt Ltd Sanjay Chandra and Swan Telecom`s Director Vinod Goenka in the case, had yesterday taken strong exception to Khurshid`s statement saying if true it is "disturbing".

The apex court had also made known its disapproval of
reports that CBI would not oppose the bail pleas of the 2G
spectrum scam accused including DMK MP Kanimozhi which
prompted the investigating agency to refute such speculation.

The bench wanted to know from Raval whether he was
supporting the stand taken by the minister as reported in the
newspaper and whether the statement was correct or not as it
was causing "confusion". During today` hearing senior advocate Ram Jethmalani,
appearing for Chandra, said the UPA government was not
concerned about corruption.

Jethmalani was countering Raval, who had given reference
of international convention and report of the Malimath
Commission to show the seriousness on the part of the
Government against corruption.

"If he says this government is concerned about corruption
then I deny," he said adding that "I have said this government
is corrupt".

The ASG objected to his statement saying that Jethmalani
should not be allowed to make a political speech.
However, Jethmalani said "if there was no corruption this
type of case should not happen".

PTI