Now, Beni says even Re 1 constitutes corruption

Cabinet minister from Uttar Pradesh Beni Prasad Verma believes that Rs 71 lakh is too small an amount for any Central minister to embezzle.

Updated: Oct 16, 2012, 14:32 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: In an effort to calm down the controversy erupted after his comment on hullabaloo surrounding Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, gaffe-prone Union Minister of Steel Beni Prasad Verma said that even one rupee constitutes corruption.

Earlier on Monday, Verma commented on the charges against Khurshid, saying: "I don`t think a person like Khurshid will do anything for an amount like Rs 71 lakh. It is a very small amount for a central Minister. If it would have been Rs 71 crore, even I would have been serious."

Hours later, the Congress leader from Uttar Pradesh changed his statement, reported CNN-IBN.

Verma said he had been misquoted, adding: "Corruption is corruption, even if it is for one rupee”.

Law Minister Salman Khurshid’s NGO in Uttar Pradesh has been accused of siphoning Rs 71 lakh meant to help differently-abled people in the state.