Sibal is new law minister, Joshi gets railways

Last Updated: Sat, May 11, 2013 12:45 hrs
Sibal is new law minister, Joshi gets railways

New Delhi, May 11 (IBNS) Union Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal is all set to get the additional charge of the Law Ministry while Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi will handle the Railway portfolio, announced the President's Secretariat on Saturday.

Both Joshi and Sibal will take charge of these portfolios in addition to their current ministries.

In a press communique, the President´s Secretariat said: "The President of India, as advised by the Prime Minister, has accepted the resignation from the following members of the Council of Ministers with immediate effect: 1.Shri Pawan Kumar Bansal; and 2. Shri Ashwani Kumar."

"Further, as advised by the Prime Minister of India, the President has directed that the additional charge of the Ministry of Railways and the Ministry of Law and Justice shall be given to Dr. C. P. Joshi and Shri Kapil Sibal respectively," it said.

The move was made after Kumar and Bansal tendered their resignations to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday giving in to intense opposition pressure.

Recommending the changes, the Prime Minister had written to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Meanwhile, a Cabinet reshuffle is likely to take place next week.

"A meeting of senior Congress leaders has been called by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to discuss the reshuffle. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is unlikely to be part of the meeting. Congress leader Ahmed Patel is expected the brief the Prime Minister later. It is likely that the reshuffle may happen next week," CNN-IBN reported.

Kumar had come under attack for purportedly interfering with a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report into the coal scam by trying to tweak its wordings and was forced to resign on a day that also saw the resignation of Bansal on graft charges.

The Supreme Court has slammed the government for meddling in a CBI report on the coal scam that also targets the Prime Minister and called the federal investigating agency a "caged parrot" of the ruling government.

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