Moily snaps at Swamy barb
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy’s attempts on Monday to pick on the law ministry for the delay in sanctioning prosecution of former telecom minister A Raja, triggered an angry response from law minister M Veerappa Moily.delhi Updated: Nov 23, 2010 02:44 IST
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy’s attempts on Monday to pick on the law ministry for the delay in sanctioning prosecution of former telecom minister A Raja, triggered an angry response from law minister M Veerappa Moily.
In his affidavit filed in the Supreme Court ahead of the hearing in the top court on Tuesday, Swamy said, “It is regrettable that law officers of the government had failed to apprise the PM of the law of the land that he must decide on the sanction question only on the material provided by me.” “It is such ignorance that has permeated the legal advisory department of the PM, and thus is part of the cause for the... delay in processing my plea.”
Moily hit back saying, “This unfortunately reflects the culture of a man, a senior politician, who himself has been the law minister of the country.” The law minister said he was against making any comments on a case pending before the court, “but anyone with elementary knowledge of law will know that there is a well laid out procedure for granting prosecution sanction”.
“No delay can be attributed to the PMO in dealing with Dr Swamy’s request. It has been noted that the investigation was under way when the request for granting prosecution sanction was made,” states an internal ministry note. “Once the investigation was under way, the only thing for the PMO to do was to await its conclusion...”
“The PM made independent inquiries on the substance of my material... which is against the judgments of this court,” Swamy has said in his affidavit. The law ministry has dismissed these claims.
Assets Raja has been investing in
Former telecom minister A Raja’s investment in shares and fixed deposits had increased from R8.52 lakh in 2008-09 to Rs 23 lakh in 2009-10, reveals his latest asset declaration to the Prime Minister’s Office.
Raja invested in shares of 19 companies in the last financial year as compared to just two companies in 2008-09, information provided under RTI to Subhash Aggarwal said.
His wife’s investment in shares and fixed deposits increased from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 9 lakh during this period.
Raja was recently sacked as the Union telecom minister for his alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam. HTC
First Published: Nov 23, 2010 00:26 IST