INX Media Case: All decisions taken were collective, recorded in files, says Manmohan Singh
New Delhi : Former Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh spoke in connection with the INX Media case and claimed that all decisions made in connection with the FIPB approval for INX Media were collective and recorded in files.
Expressing his concern over the arrest of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the matter, Manmohan Singh said, "In our system of government, no decision can be taken by any single person. All decisions are collective decisions recorded in files. A dozen officers, including six secretaries to the government, examined and recommended the proposal, minister Chidambaram approved the unanimous recommendation."
He raised questions on how P Chidambaram can be held accused in the matter for giving an approval? "If the officers are not at fault, it is beyond our comprehension how the minister who simply approved the recommendation can be accused of committing an offence," he added.
The former PM said that the whole system will collapse if one minister can be held accountable for actions taken by multilevel officers.
Expressing hope that justice will be delivered in the case, Singh said, "We are confident and we sincerely hope that the courts will render justice in the case."