Thursday, 22 September 2011
RTI help expose P. Chidambaram ?
New York, Sep 22 (IANS) Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has avoided direct comment on a note from his ministry to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) saying airwaves for telecom could have been auctioned in 2008 if his cabinet colleague P. Chidambaram had wanted.
Speaking at a high-profile event organised by the Asia Society here Wednesday evening, Mukherjee acknowledged such a note had indeed been written by his office but declined further comment on the matter, saying it was sub judice.
'Today a sensational news item has come and it is through the exercise of the right to information. A note was sent by the ministry of finance to the prime minister. Somebody demanded through the use of right to information to have a copy of that note,' he said.
'And that is being used -- whether legally it can be used or not is a different story -- but the fact of the matter is, somebody has produced that as a piece of evidence in a particular case,' the finance minister added.
'The matter is sub judice. The court is looking into it.'
His comments were in response to a query by former US ambassador to India Frank Wisner on what India was doing to address the issue of corruption....read on the link above.