NEW DELHI: Amid BJP MP Subramanian Swamy stepping up his tirade against Raghuram Rajan, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said he does not approve of “personal comments” against anyone, including the RBI governor.
The remarks came on the day Swamy accused Rajan of sending sensitive financial information abroad and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately sack him. “I don’t approve of personal comments against anyone, let alone the RBI governor,” Jaitley said when asked about the continuing attack on Rajan in the past few months. The Reserve Bank, Jaitley said, is an important institution that makes its own judgment.
“One can agree or disagree with their judgment, but that’s a debate on issues. But I don’t think we should allow a public discourse where instead of a debate on issues, we concentrate on a debate on persons,” he told NDTV.
Meanwhile, Swamy submitted a six-point “chargesheet” against Rajan to Modi, claiming he was sending confidential and sensitive financial information to various persons around the world using unsecured Chicago University email id and publicly disparaging the BJP government. “This is a reckless disregard of the national security interest of India,” the BJP MP said.
Rajan met Modi on Wednesday evening. His tenure as RBI governor is scheduled to end early September.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Thursday demanded that the PM apologise for Swamy targeting “one of the most outstanding economists in the world”.
“It is unfortunate that their own Rajya Sabha member has made the statement and more than that it is unfortunate that the PM has not spoken,” Congress spokesman Kapil Sibal said.