Shashi Tharoor, who resigned as minister of state on Sunday, claimed that he has ‘done nothing improper or unethical, let alone illegal’.
“I am deeply wounded by the fanciful and malicious charges that have been made against me and I have requested the PM to have these charges thoroughly investigated. I have led an unblemished life of personal integrity and probity and it is important to me that my name is cleared,” he said in Lok Sabha.
He described his resignation as a step in keeping with the ‘highest moral traditions’ of the democratic system. Referring to the disruptions in Parliament, he said he resigned to save embarrassment to the government.
Tharoor used the provision that allows a former minister to make a statement on his resignation within one week of quitting. A section on the UPA was said to be wary of Tharoor setting off another controversy. To ensure that it didn't, senior party leaders including Pranab Mukherjee reportedly vetted the two-page statement.