Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari wondered whether the real target of Swamy’s attack on the RBI governor was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
It is not that everything that Rajan has done is blemishless. The judgement of many of his moves, we will have to make a few years down the line.
Subramanian Swamy, in his letter to PM Modi, said: Raghuram Rajan is in this country on a Green Card and “therefore mentally not fully Indian.”
Our punitive impulses are an expression of deep institutional failure.
“Swamy did not produce any certified copy of the judgement on which he relied extensively, which he should have done and authenticated,” Naik said in the notice.
Arun Jaitley parried a question on Subramanian Swamy’s demand for immediate sacking of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan saying the Government and RBI are responsible institutions and decisions will be taken without being influenced by “any other factor.”
Swamy will also address a university audience there at the invitation of Institute of Foreign Affairs, a think tank of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Swamy questioned the inordinate delay in the probe alleging that Delhi Police was not even taking elementary steps necessary in criminal investigation when it has been established that poison was found in her body.
Jairam Ramesh said the Congress would file a notice for moving a privilege motion against the defence minister, too.
“In my opinion, he should be removed as early as possible,” Swamy said.
“Nobody else has authenticated it (Swamy’s documents), neither the Chairman, nor me,” Kurien said, adding that the responsibility of the documents rested with the person authenticating them.
“Besides, Swamy is in the habit of making wild allegations without substantiating them. That is his only claim to fame,” said Jairam Ramesh.
Swamy told Metropolitan Magistrate Lovleen that he has not been able to access all the documents, including those from central ministries, which he would rely upon while submitting his witness list.
Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said that if Swamy did not comply with the ruling that all documents quoted by him must be authenticated and placed on the table of the House, the rule would take its course.
As the discussion got underway, it was clear that the Congress attack was directed more at Swamy than the government. Their strategy seemed simple: stay united, sound aggressive and take him head on.