Backing Law Minister Salman Khurshid, Congress today rejected demands for his
resignation and dismissed as "untruth" the charges of irregularities levelled
against the Minister's NGO by Arvind Kejriwal.
"Untruth cannot become the basis for crucifying anybody. Till court
pronounces...Everyone enjoys equal protection. They are innocent till proved
guilty," Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters.
He was responding to a media query on whether the Congress favoured action
against the Law Minister.
Khurshid has already knocked at the door of law and has already initiated
certain civil proceedings and criminal proceedings are under contemplation,
Noting that reports of certain findings by the CAG against the NGO were found to
be incorrect as there has been no CAG report on the issue, he said each and
every allegation will be subject to judicial scrutiny.
Tewari's remarks came as the war of attrition between Kejriwal and Khurshid
escalated with the activist launching an indefinite protest demanding the
Minister's resignation and arrest.
Khurshid's wife Louise, the project director of the NGO Dr Zakir Hussain
Memorial Trust, lashed out at Kejriwal, terming the allegations of "money
bungling" as "baseless innuendos" and accused him of "doing politics using the
shoulders of the disabled".
She also trashed speculation about her husband resigning over the issue, saying
there is no reason why her husband should step down. "There is no inquiry
against Khurshid either by the central government or any report by the CAG. So
why should he step down?" Louise said.