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Cannot confirm or deny Wikileaks: Govt

Under attack from opposition on the Wikileaks cables on alleged cash for votes during the confidence vote in 2008, government on Thursday said it can neither confirm nor deny the revelations.

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2011 12:57 IST

Under attack from opposition on the Wikileaks cables on alleged cash for votes during the confidence vote in 2008, government on Thursday said it can neither confirm nor deny the revelations.

After an uproar in the Rajya Sabha by opposition over the issue demanding the resignation of the government, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the cables were correspondence between a sovereign government and its mission abroad.

They enjoyed diplomatic immunity and "it is not possible for the government to either confirm it or deny it."

A united opposition demanded resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with allegations of bribing MPs to win the 2008 trust vote after the Left withdrew support to the UPA-I over Indo-US nuclear deal.

Mukherjee also said the charges pertained to the 14th Lok Sabha but the government of the day was responsible to the 15th Lok Sabha.

He also asked Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley whether the newspaper publication can be proved in any court of law.