Stepping up his attack against RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday wrote again to Prime Minister Narendra Modi levelling fresh allegations of “leaking” sensitive and confidential financial information to the world.
Swamy, who had written to the PM on May 17 seeking Rajan’s removal from the post, this time listed six charges against him. He wrote, “Despite being a government official, Rajan has been publicly disparaging of the BJP government. For example, he has by innuendos in effect held our government responsible for the ‘climate of intolerance’ in the country.”
Asked about Swamy’s continuing attack on Rajan, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “I don’t approve of personal comments against anyone, let alone the RBI Governor.” The RBI, Jaitley said, is an important institution that makes its own judgements. “One can agree or disagree with their judgement, but that’s a debate on issues. But I don’t think we should allow a public discourse where instead of debate on issues we concentrate on debate on persons,” he told a news channel.
Swamy also wrote, “As a professor of finance he ought to have known this would be the inevitable consequence of rising and high interest rate and hence his policy was willful and thus anti-national in intent,” he said.
“As Governor of RBI, Dr. Rajan has sent confidential and sensitive financial information to various persons around the world on his University of Chicago unsecure personal email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a reckless disregard of the national security interests of India,” he said.