No indictment of PMO over CWG: Government (Second Lead)

August 8th, 2011 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Ambika Soni New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) With a combative opposition raising a stink over alleged irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG), the government Monday asserted that there was no indictment of the Prime Minister’s Office and stressed that constitutional processes must be followed before blaming anyone.

“I do not think that there is an indictment of the PMO in the (CAG) report. There is no indictment. There is only a reference…only a statement of facts,” Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal told reporters after a meeting of the Group of Ministers on Media.

Sibal rued that the media was talking about “indictment” of the PMO and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit when there was none and asked the media to follow self regulation and check facts before reporting.

“There may be reference to different people but reference does not mean indictment. There is no indictment of any high office much less of the PMO,” he said.

Sibal was jointly addressing the media along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni and Law Minister Salman Khurshid.

“There is no indictment of anyone in the high office, leave aside that of Sheila Dikshit,” Soni told reporters here when asked about the indictment of Dikshit in the CAG report on Commonwealth Games which was unveiled here Friday.

Sibal, however, hedged when asked whether he could categorically say that there was no indictment of Dikshit in the CAG report.

“We have not read the full report. You should let us know if there is any particular passage which you find as indictment (of Dikshit),” Sibal said.

Sibal also urged the opposition to break the deadlock in parliament over the CWG issue and stressed that the opposition has a responsibility towards the functioning of the parliament.

Both houses of parliament were adjourned for the day Monday as the opposition pressed hard for Dikshit’s ouster over her “indictment” by the CAG for irregularities in the Commonwealth Games (CWG).

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