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PC can't escape moral culpability, says Opposition

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi New Delhi, August 24, 2012
First Published: 16:35 IST(24/8/2012) | Last Updated: 01:24 IST(25/8/2012)

Even as the Congress-led UPA government celebrated the Supreme Court verdict giving a clean chit to finance minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case, opposition parties including Left stood firm in their demand for calling him as a witness before JPC probing the scam.

The BJP said Chidambaram cannot escape "moral culpability" and remains "constitutionally and politically accountable". "That is what we are seeking inside parliament and will continue to seek in JPC," party’s  spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said, adding the nation suffered a loss in spectrum pricing in 2008. 

On their part, the Left parties were also not satisfied with the ruling and vowed to continue to seek Chidambaram's presence in the JPC. Quote shoot

"Whatever the SC says, law will take its own course. But our duty is to seek an answer from the government on the issue in parliament and we will do it because it is answerable to the house," CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said.

CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta, who is also member of JPC, said the apex court judgement "does not prevent us from raising the demand for calling him to the JPC". However, the government described the verdict as vindication of its position that Chidambaram had done no wrong.

"This is a huge psychological victory not only for Chidambaram personally but also for the government as a whole. It was completely bizarre that anybody should question his financial integrity," rural development minister Jairam Ramesh said.

The UPA allies and those supporting it from outside - SP and BSP - welcomed the verdict. "Whatever decision is taken by judiciary, it always takes the right decision," SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said.

BSP supremo Mayawati said: "Whatever decision the court has taken would be correct".

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