Yashwant Sinha has broken the omerta that the government, the opposition and the media have followed on the Essar tapes. In a free-wheeling discussion with Meetu Jain, Sinha, who was finance minister in NDA-I, lashes out at the system being “compromised at the highest level” and doesn't spare the corporates that conspired to get him out of the finance ministry. In the process, Sinha, who was elevated to the BJP’s “margdarshak mandal” as he was over 75, makes some startling revelations on how the Atal Behari Vajpayee cabinet functioned. Excerpts:
Let’s start with the Essar tapes. You were finance minister for the better part of NDA-I. How much of what was happening was in your knowledge?