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Chidamabaram cannot be held responsible for a collective decision: Manmohan Singh

Chidamabaram cannot be held responsible for a collective decision: Manmohan Singh

| @indiablooms?lang=en | 24 Sep 2019, 09:38 am

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said Congress leader P Chidambaram is being made culprit for a “collective decision” and expressed concern over his continued detention.

 

Singh paid a visit to the former Finance Minister along with Congress party’s interim General Secretary in Tihar jail on Monday.

Post the meeting, Singh in a statement said: "We are concerned with continued detention in custody of our colleague, Shri P. Chidambaram... We are confident, and we sincerely hope, that the courts will render justice in this case.”

“In our system of government, no decision can be taken by any single person... all decisions are collective," the statement read.

Chidambaram is in jail for allegedly committing corruption by facilitating a huge flow of foreign funds to INX media when he was the finance minister. He was sent to Tihar jail on September 5.

Singh said, Chidambaram could not be held responsible for approving a proposal that was examined and recommended by at least a dozen government officers.

"If the officers are not at fault, it is beyond our comprehension how the Minister who simply approved the recommendation can be accused of committing an offence. If the Minister is liable for approving a recommendation, the whole system of government will collapse," he said.

The CBI has also laid allegations on Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram for receiving huge kickbacks for facilitating the deal.

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