Defending Law Minister Salman Khurshid and his wife Louise Khurshid against charges that their NGO had siphoned off lakhs of rupees meant for the physically challenged, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari Saturday said "untruth cannot become the basis for crucifying anybody".
"Ultimately, whether something is true or false has to be judicially adjudicated before there is a finality to it. Untruth cannot become the basis of crucifying anybody," Tewari told reporters here.
"Indian jurisprudence holds that you and I enjoy equal protection of the laws and are innocent until proven guilty," he added.
Tewari rubbished media reports claiming that a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report had pointed to irregularities in the utilisation of grants given by the government to the Khurshids' Zakir Hussain Memorial Trust.
"We are also reliably informed that the CAG report which has been reported by some newspapers is not the CAG report at all," Tewari said.
According to a sting operation conducted by the TV Today Group, the union social welfare and empowerment ministry had granted Rs.71.50 lakh to the Khurshids' trust for distributing tricycles and hearing aids to the disabled in 17 districts of Uttar Pradesh.