No action against Bansal, Ashwani Kumar yet: Congress

By Indo Asian News Service | Sunday, May 05, 2013 | 10:09:45 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Backing Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, the Congress Sunday said no action will be taken against them immediately.

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) Backing Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, the Congress Sunday said no action will be taken against them immediately.

"There is a probe going on, let the result come. We will decide after that," Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters after a meeting of the Congress core group at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's official residence here.

"My request to all of you would be, since the honourable railway minister has welcomed the investigation, let the investigation fructify. I don't think it is keeping in view with the of Indian jurisprudence to prejudge or pre-decide issues," Tewari said.

On Ashwani Kumar, he said the matter is sub-judice and a decision will be taken after the Supreme Court's decision.

"As far as the law minister is concerned, the matter is sub judice. As far as I know, on May 8 it will be taken up by the Supreme Court, if the government has to say anything, government will say it in the Supreme Court through its law officers," he said.

The Congress leader also came down heavily on opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for demanding the resignations.

"Unfortunately if somebody starts suffering from a diseases called resignationitis, that they want everybody to resign, then that does not auger well for democracy," Tewari said.

He also referred to the statement of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) convener Sharad Yadav backing Bansal.

"The BJP would be well served to refer to the statement of the NDA convener. Sharad Yadav articulated the position very succinctly. There for it is not as if there is a united opposition," he said.

Yadav had backed Bansal saying: "If any relative of a political leader is involved in corruption, then what is the fault of that leader. I have known Pawan Bansal for a long time. He has been in Parliament for a long time. What has he to do with anything if his nephew is taking bribe."

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