Khurshid has effectively countered allegations: Congress

Khurshid has effectively countered allegations: Congress

Congress today rejected the demand for the resignation of Law Minister Salman Khurshid over the controversy surrounding his NGO saying he has "very effectively countered" the allegations.

The party also sidestepped questions whether activist Arvind Kejriwal, who has started a campaign against corruption targetting Robert Vadra, son-in law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, as also Khurshid, was an anarchist.

Party spokesperson Sandip Dikshit said since Uttar Pradesh government has already ordered an inquiry into the issue and it has also reached the court, "we should leave it to both the state government inquiry and the court to decide".

He said that after the Law Minister's press conference this is clear that "much of what was being said is perhaps not quite true".

Dikshit said if anybody has any proof, he should take it to the inquiry team and the courts as "the are better medium".

"The probe is on. Let the probe take place. We will see if something comes out of the probe. He (Khurshid) is not interferring into the probe," he said rejecting parallels of the controversy surrounding Khurshid's Trust with the issues related to former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor and former Maharastra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan who had to resign amid controversies.

"The Trust does not come under the direct control of the Law Minister. There is nothing in this which shows direct culpability. These are different issues. What is the culpability of a Chairman of a Trust is different from other types of culpabilities.

Dikshit also took a dig at Kejriwal terming as a "childish" act not suiting to any responsible person" when told that Kejriwal team has given the land line number of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to people to vent their anger.

Meanwhile, former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh met Khurshid this evening at his residence.

Batting for the Law Minister and his wife Louise, Singh said a "media trial" against the couple was "unfair".

"Despite Louise Khurshid seeking a probe, you are going ahead with the media trial...it is unfair," he said.

Replying to a poser on allegations against Robert Vadra, he said Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law was neither a MP nor a minister.

"But his only fault is that he is married to Priyanka and is the son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi...people made similar allegations against Atal Bihar Vajpayee's  son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya. Today, he and his wife are taking care of Vajpayee," he said.

He said he did not discuss the present controversy with Khurshid but "just had tea"

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