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Cong steers clear of comments on CVC appointment

PTI  New Delhi, January 27, 2011
First Published: 21:23 IST(27/1/2011) | Last Updated: 21:24 IST(27/1/2011)

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.

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"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.


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