The Congress tried to downplay its discomfiture in the wake of the Supreme Court's "serious scrutiny" of the citizenship of Mani Kumar Subba, Lok Sabha member from Assam.
The apex court has given six weeks' time to the MP and the CBI to file further information to prove his Indian nationality that has been challenged in a public interest litigation (PIL).
Abhishek Singhvi, Congress spokesman, declined to go into the merit of the case as he is representing Subba. "The date of the Court proceedings has been deferred by six weeks. Within this period, Subba has been given the liberty to file information and documents and the CBI would have the liberty to examine them. There is no interim or final judgement," he said.
On Friday, the Supreme Court took the Centre and the CBI to task for not providing conclusive proof on the MP's nationality. It was hearing a PIL that alleged that the lottery king from Assam was actually a Nepalese citizen Mani Kumar Limba who had escaped after a criminal case was registered against him in early 1970s.
Congressmen privately said that the party's image would take a beating if the Court passes an order with strictures.