With Parliament paralysed, leaders of opposition Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitely came out with a joint statement saying protests in the House will continue till law minister Ashwini Kumar and railway minister Pawan Bansal resign.
"Both the case of the law minister and the railway minister are either direct corruption or covering up corruption, and corruption and the lack of accountability of the UPA government have become a major cause of concern for the entire country," the statement said.
Raising the Coalgate report Swaraj and Jaitely said, Kumar lied that no significant changes were made in the status report submitted to the Supreme Court. They said the Paragraph 19 of the CBI's affidavit indicates the agency's "tentative finding about non-existence of a system regarding coal allocation, weightage and marks was deleted."
They added that the CBI's assertion that "the changes made in the Paragraph 2.8 of the final status report pertaining to (Priliminary Enquiry) PE4 about non-existence of approved guidelines for allocation of coal blocks incorporated at the instance of the officials of the PMO and the Ministry of Coal and the same were factually correct" was most significant.
Swaraj and Jaitely said the officials were suspects in the said case where wrongful allocations of coal blocks had been made.
"They could be the potential accused in the case. The CBI director's affidavit states that the report was shown to the suspects and changes were carried out on their behest. The law minister and his ministry can only advise on the question of law when their opinion is sought. They cannot interfere with factual aspects of the investigation, which they have done."
As for Bansal's case, Swaraj and Jaitley said it was a case of corruption. "The government is guilty of selling jobs. If senior jobs such as the member of the Railway Board are being sold at exorbitant prices, the governance itself is getting debased."