BJP leader Prakash Javdekar took a jibe at Chidambaram as he said ‘Some are out on bail, they aren't freedom fighters’
Bengaluru: Even as the Supreme Court in no uncertain terms has asked former Union finance minister P Chidambaram not to have any brief with the media in relation to the INX media case, he did exactly the opposite, thereby violating bail conditions.
Senior BJP leader Prakash Javdekar criticised Chidambaram for doing so.
He said, "When given bail, Chidambaram had said he will not make any public statement. He said my record as minister is clear. This is the case itself. This is self-certification.”
The Supreme Court had asked the Congress leader not to speak about the case against him while ordering his release on bail. What he said is in violation of this condition, the BJP leader said.
The Union minister further said Congress leaders were scared. "Some are out on bail, they aren't freedom fighters," Javadekar said.
On the issue of former PM Manmohan Singh's statement on 1984 riots, where he said Narasimha Rao did not listen to IK Gujral, Javadekar asked, "Manmohan Singh said during 1984 riots peace could've prevailed if Rao had called in the Army. That right is with PM. PM was Rajiv Gandhi. He has said when tree falls, earth shakes. If Rao was so bad, why were you in his Cabinet, Dr Singh?"
On Wednesday, another BJP leader Sambit Patra had called Chidambaram, the latest entrant in the OOBC or Out on Bail Club. He had even said that Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Motilal Vohra and Sashi Tharoor are out on bail.
The former Union finance minister was in jail for a period of 106 days, in relation to the INX media case.
Chidambaram sought bail in a case pertaining to the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during his tenure as the finance minister.
CBI had registered a corruption case in this regard in May 2017. Later that year, the ED also lodged a money laundering case. The Congress leader was first arrested by the Central Bureau of
Investigation (CBI) on August 21 in the INX Media corruption case but was granted bail by the Supreme Court two months later.
He was arrested by the ED in the money laundering case on October 16.
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Last Updated 5, Dec 2019, 3:03 PM