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PM does not need certificate of honesty from anyone: Jaiswal

Sriprakash Jaiswal

Parakh defends the PM, calls him “committed and honest Prime Minister”

Sriprakash JaiswalNew Delhi: Defending the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal today said Singh does not need a certificate of honesty from anyone.

Opposition BJP has demanded Prime Minister’s resignation following allegation by former Coal Secretary P C Parakh that Singh knew of the coal blocks being allocated to companies like Hindalco and he too should be named as a “conspirator” and made an “accused”.

“The entire nation knows about the commitment and honesty of the Prime Minister. He does not need any certificate from any quarter to prove his honesty,” Jaiswal told reporters.

Parakh, who has been named in the FIR filed by CBI, for alleged irregularities in coal block allocation to Aditya Birla firm Hindalco, had yesterday said that the final decision lay with the Prime Minister who held Coal portfolio at the time.

He said that if CBI thinks that there is a conspiracy, “why did they choose and select Birla and me and not the PM”.

Jaiswal cautioned and said, “Everyone should take precaution that no such statements are issued which could impact market sentiments, weaken the economy or could prevent bureaucrats from working,” he said, without referring to any specific person or party.

Jaiswal refused to comment further on coal block allocation controversy saying that “any comment on it by me would not be proper as CBI is probing the matter and the Supreme Court is also reviewing it”.

He reiterated that auction process for allocating coal blocks in a transparent manner was likely to begin in two months span.

CBI has registered FIR against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, Parakh and others on charges of criminal conspiracy and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks namely Talabira II and III in Odisha in 2005.


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