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Congress says Salman Khurshid won't quit as BJP doubts a fair probe

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Oct 15, 2012 at 01:42pm IST

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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday ruled out the resignation of Union Law Minister over the controversy surrounding his trust. Hitting out at the television channel that conducted the sting operation sparking the controversy, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh said its claim that no camps were held have been proved wrong.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, the Congress general secretary said, "The channel has been proved wrong that no camps were held…three people who were present in the so called sting operation have said that all of them got disability aid." He further pointed that the Union Law Minister had himself asked for an independent inquiry.

Digvijaya Singh also attacked anti-corruption crusader-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal, saying he was "trying to occupy a political space" by making allegations against Salman Khurshid. He said, "Kejriwal is trying to occupy a political space by making these allegations by going to a limit which no political person goes to."

Dismissing any possibility of the Union Minister resigning over the issue, Digvijaya questioned, "Why should Salman Khurshid resign…just because of media trial or because Kejriwal is sitting with 150 people at Parliament Street?"

He also ruled out any quid pro quo between the Centre and the Uttar Pradesh government, saying, "there is no quid pro quo…an independent inquiry is being conducted by the Uttar Pradesh government, let us wait for that."

The Congress general secretary further attacked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) saying Vinod Rai must "control his office" as its reports were getting leaked.

In another defence for the Law Minister senior Congress leader Harish Rawat also said that Khurshid had put all the facts in front of the people. He, however, added, "As for the specific allegations, it is being probed," pointing that the inquiry was on following the request of Salman Khurshid himself.

Hitting out at the TV Today network, which conducted the sting operation, Rawat said, "If media trial starts off like this, then it becomes difficult for the public figures to work…if on every demand of resignation, resignations are given, then perhaps no one will be left to work."

The defence by the Congress leaders came even as the Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that a free-and-fair investigation was not possible in the controversy till Salman Khurshid remained the Union Law Minister.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Expectation that there will be free-and-fair enquiry cannot be met till he is the Law Minister...the Congress is running away from a free-and-fair probe."

Meanwhile, another BJP spokesperson, Shahnawaz Hussain said that the Law Minister must reply to the allegations against him with constraint instead of losing his temper, adding, "he is the Law Minister, people expect a reply from him."

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