Chidambaram dismisses charges against his family
New Delhi, May 10: Home Minister, P Chidambaram once again became the target of the Opposition’s ire in Lok Sabha after the premier Opposition party BJP and its allies raised the issue of Aircel-Maxis deal terming it as a “big scam” allegedly involving his son Karthik. However, the Minister dismissed the charges as “wild and reckless”.
Chidambaram read from a statement issued by his son earlier amidst vociferous protests and sloganeering against him by the Opposition.
"I categorically state that neither me nor any member of my family have acquired or hold any stake in Aircel or Maxis. The person is known to make wild and reckless allegations. It is deeply regretted that the privileged forum of Parliament is misused to level wild and reckless allegations against a private citizens," he said.
As he was issuing a rebuttal, the BJP members stormed the Well and raised slogans. Senior party leader Yashwant Sinha, who raised the issue, was seen asking under what rule Chidambaram was making the statement in the House.
Allegations against him over the Aircel-Maxis deal also provoked Chidambaram invoking the God. "God forgive them for they know not what they do." He could barely be heard as angry opposition members shouted throughout a statement that he read clarifying that nobody in his family owns any stake in either telecom Aircel or Maxis.
Amid cries of 'shame, shame' by the opposition members, Sinha said, "Prima facie what happened was a big scam and government should not hush it up." The BJP demanded a statement from Pranab Mukherjee who is the Leader of the House.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, has claimed that in 2006, when Chidambaram was Finance Minister, he did not clear the sale of Aircel to Maxis for several months. In the meantime when the minister's son acquired stake in Aircel, the proposal was cleared.
When the Lok Sabha reconvened after lunch, Chidambaram tried to address the house with a statement sent by his son on the Aircel deal. He struggled to be heard as he said, citing his son, that the "wild and reckless allegations" are untrue and that nobody from the minister's family owns any part of Aircel or Maxis.
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