Jait­ley, Chidambaram es­ca­late de­bate on the Na­tional Her­ald case

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NEW DELHI: Fi­nance min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley on Thurs­day re­futed the Congress charge of po­lit­i­cal vendetta as “Goebbel­sian pro­pa­ganda” by the prin­ci­pal Op­po­si­tion party.

“The bat­tle has to be fought legally. But the re­sults of le­gal bat­tles are al­ways un­cer­tain. The Congress is, there­fore, cry­ing foul and call­ing it po­lit­i­cal vendetta,” Jait­ley wrote in a blog ti­tled “Why the Congress is wrong”.

Ear­lier in the day, his pre­de­ces­sor and vet­eran Congress leader P Chidambaram ac­cused the rul­ing dis­pen­sa­tion of be­ing “mo­ti­vated” in the Na­tional Her­ald case.

The Congress vet­eran made it clear the party was not ac­cus­ing the court, a ques­tion of­ten raised by the BJP. “We are not ac­cus­ing the court. But we are en­ti­tled to crit­i­cise the or­der. The En­force­ment Direc­torate had first closed the mat­ter. Then a pri­vate com­plainant wrote a let­ter to the PM. The ED chief was trans­ferred and the case was re­opened. Th­ese facts raise sus­pi­cion that the BJP is mo­ti­vated,” Chidambaram told HT.

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