Cong steers clear of comments on CVC appointment

New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) Congress today steered clear ofcomments on government telling the Supreme Court that cases ofcorruption against P J Thomas were not put up before a three-member panel headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh whichcleared his appointment as Central Vigilance Commissioner.

"It is a matter between the government and the SupremeCourt. We would not like to comment on matters that aresub-judice," Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi toldreporters.

He said the Congress, as a political party, was not inthe picture when it came to appointments like the CVC.

"These are matters between the Court and the government.

We hope that the government will furnish before the court thenecessary details sought by it," Congress spokesman ShakeelAhmed said.

Asked about Leader of the Opposition in the Lok SabhaSushma Swaraj''s remarks that she intended to move the SupremeCourt on the appointment of Thomas as CVC, Ahmed said "anybodyis free to approach the Supreme Court".

On the issue of black money stashed in safe havensabroad, the AICC spokesman said that Finance Minister PranabMukherjee had already explained the issue in detail.

Ahmed said the efforts made by the government hadresulted in the recovery of Rs 34,000 crore of black money.

He said the Congress party favoured recovery of the blackmoney stashed in foreign banks but the government should notbreak any international agreements in doing so.

On AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh''s comments thatVeer Savarkar was the first proponent of the two-nationtheory, Ahmed merely said "Singh is a General Secretary of theparty and if he speaks something the media and the oppositiontakes notice".

However, he said that it was truw that the RSS and theMuslim League did play a key role in fomenting communaltension.

He dismissed the allegations of the BJP that the PrimeMinister was the ''emperor of scams''.

"Nobody will believe these wild allegations. These areabsurd allegations against a person of the stature of thePrime Minister," Ahmed said.

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