Chidambaram’s rejection to BJP’s charges of conflict of interest

Home Minister P Chidambaram

Home Minister P Chidambaram

Expressing deep hurt, Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday powerfully has rejected BJP’s accusation that he had preferential a Delhi-based hotelier, his former client, in withdrawing three FIRs filed against him and dismissed suggestions there was any conflict of interest involved in.

Chidambaram has told that since 2004, hotelier S P Gupta had made more than 40 representations to the home ministry requesting to remove the three FIRs filed against him, which were also backed by three MPs. “I feel deeply hurt. I strongly rebuff completely unfounded allegations of BJP,” the home minister, border by Home secretary R K Singh and his precursor G K Pillai, told reporters.

Chidambaram’s remarks came against the backdrop of a raging controversy over the withdrawal of three FIRs against S P Gupta, who runs M/s Sunair Hotels Pvt Ltd. The three FIRs relate to Gupta supposedly exploitating the names of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and swindle a firm – VLS Finance – to the tune of several crores of rupees.

Reports also suggested there was a conflict of interest as Gupta was a client of Chidambaram who brawl his cases in the court as a lawyer. The reports also claimed that Chidambaram as a home minister has recommended the Delhi government to withdraw the FIRs.

However, the Delhi government yesterday had withdrawn its earlier decision not to press for prosecution of cases against an hotelier. Dismissing the opposition charge of conflict of interest, Chidambaram said he can’t have lifelong interest in over 25,000 cases he symbolizes as lawyer in last four decades. “This is a most ludicrous charge. I don’t have any current subsisting interest with any case,” he said.

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