Kumar's fate in balance as Cong weighs SC comments
The Congress was relieved on Wednesday with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the coal blocks allocation scam as they felt it could have been worse had the top court directly indicted law minister Ashwani Kumar. HT reports.delhi Updated: May 09, 2013 00:16 IST
The Congress was relieved on Wednesday with the outcome of the Supreme Court hearing on the coal blocks allocation scam as they felt it could have been worse had the top court directly indicted law minister Ashwani Kumar.
The fate of Kumar, however, still remains uncertain since the party's core group is likely to review the situation on Thursday in light of the Supreme Court order.
"I don't think I am qualified to say that we will get rid of one individual or the other. I think you have to wait before you jump the gun. There is natural process to everything," Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhary said, avoiding a direct response on Kumar's continuation in the cabinet.
Congress sources however, said if Kumar has to go it could also be in a cabinet reshuffle which may happen next month.
So far, PM Manmohan Singh has defiantly backed his trusted law minister, despite a strong opinion against him within the party.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi too has left the decision to Singh, who is in the line of fire from the opposition on the issue of the alleged interference in the ongoing CBI probe into the matter.
Government sources interpreted the outcome of Wednesday's court hearing as "balanced", saying the SC has asked the concerned ministries to provide many answers on the independence of CBI and related issues, which does not pose any serious problem.
The Congress rejected the opposition charge that the PM's defence of Kumar was incorrect.
"I respect the fact that the PM played by the rules of natural justice and he waited till there is evidence. He is on record today; he has categorically stated that he is aware of the full facts of the case and that he will find a solution. I think we should wait," Chowdhary said.