Former PM Manmohan Singh meets P. Chidambaram in Tihar Jail

Former prime minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh has expressed concern over the continued detention in custody of P. Chidambaram in a corruption case and has hoped that the courts will provide justice.

Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI for alleged corruption in the grant of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance in the INX Media case. He had been remanded in judicial custody and was sent to Tihar jail.

Singh has said that decision in the country was being taken by a single person and how a minister approving recommendations can be accused of committing a crime.

He has feared that if the minister is liable for approving a recommendation, the whole system of government will collapse.

He said that they are concerned with continued detention in custody of their colleague P Chidambaram.

He added that in the country’s system of government, no decision can be taken by any single person and all decisions are collective decisions which are recorded in files.

He has also said that many officers, which include six secretaries, have been examined and has recommended the proposal.

He further added that if the officers are not at fault, it is beyond their comprehension how the minister who simply approved the recommendation can be accused of committing an offence. The whole system of government will collapse if the minister is liable for approving a recommendation.

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