Coalgate: PM chairs Congress Core Group meet over CBI affidavit in Supreme Court(Update)

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 26, 2013 13:00 hrs

The Congress Core Group meeting has begun at Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's official 7, Race Course Road (RCR) residence here over the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) affidavit in the Supreme Court on the coal blocks allocation issue.

The top brass of the Congress Party is likely to discuss the CBI affidavit filed in the apex court in this meeting.

The CBI earlier in the day filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court on its probe into the coal block allocations.

In his affidavit, CBI Director Ranjit Sinha assured the apex court that the agency will not share further status reports in this case with any member of the political executive.

He also said that the latest status report being filed on Friday has not been shared with any political executive in any manner whatsoever.

"I confirm that the present status report being filed in this court has not been shared with any political executive in any manner whatsoever," he said.

Taking note of the affidavit filed by the CBI, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Law and Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar's resignation on the coal scam issue.

The Law Minister, who is under opposition attack over the CBI affidavit on the coal scam issue, today said that he had done 'no wrong'.

"I have done no wrong. Truth will prevail," he said after a meeting of the UPA chaired by Sonia Gandhi and attended by the Prime Minister.

Kumar, whose sacking is being demanded by the opposition parties, is also said to have met the Prime Minister and the Parliamentary Affairs Minister separately to give his version on the issue.

The government has, however, hit back at the BJP for demanding the Prime Minister's resignation.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today said the opposition's demand is unreasonable.

" After every three months since the last nine years, the BJP has been demanding the Prime Minister's resignation. The Law Minister (Ashwani Kumar) will not resign. He went through only the draft report and not the final report," Nath told mediapersons outside the Parliament here.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari echoing similar sentiments said the opposition has been disillusional for the last nine years, and added that it always believed that the UPA Government would not survive more than six months.

"Unfortunately, their hopes have been repeatedly belied. So therefore, there is nothing else that you can really expect from the opposition. But I would like to point out that the people of this country need to seriously ponder and really need to introspect as to whether the irresponsibility of the opposition can be allowed to go to an extent whereby the entire politics of this country becomes obstructionist," said Tewari.

"So therefore, I think in a parliamentary democracy every stakeholder has an equal responsibility," he added.

The alleged coal scam washed out the Monsoon Session of Parliament after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) said the under priced sales of coalfields might have cost the exchequer a loss of Rs. 1.86 lakh crore.

It is alleged that the government cost the country thousands of crores of public money because it did not follow a transparent bidding process, while allocating the coal blocks

The BJP is demanding Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's resignation, who was the coal minister between 2006-2009, when many of the sales occurred. (ANI)

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