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KG basin FIR: Cong says not against probe

AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, however, argued that there was no need for Moily to resign.

New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2014 12:16:14 am

The Congress on Tuesday seemed to be forced to leave Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily and his predecessor Murli Deora to fend for themselves after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announced filing of an FIR aga-inst them over the KG basin gas pricing. The party said it was not against any probe if it was not borne out of political vend-etta and was within the constitutional and judicial jurisdiction of the AAP government.

AICC general secretary and head of the party’s media department Ajay Maken, however, argued that there was no need for Moily to resign.

“It’s not a question of welcoming or not welcoming (an inquiry). We are not against any kind of inquiry. The only two things which should be clearly looked at are: is it political vendetta, and is it within the constitutional jurisdiction? If these two things are fine, we don’t have anything else to say. We are not against any kind of inquiry because we want that each and every act of people who are in power should be examined, and anyone who is found guilty should be punished,” said Maken.

Asked if the inquiry ordered by Kejriwal was within the two parameters, he said, “We hope the Delhi government would have taken note of these two parameters.”

He pointed out that Section 14 of the Lokpal Bill passed by the UPA government states that an investigation can be initiated against any minister or former minister, and the person can be punished if found guilty.

Sources said the party cannot afford to take a strong position against Kejriwal’s latest move, as it cannot be seen to be opposing an inquiry on the issue on the one hand while taking a high moral ground against corruption on the other.

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