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No clean chit to Fernandes, says Pranab Mukherjee

By Marcus Dam

KOLKATA, APRIL 11. The United Progressive Alliance Government has not given a "clean chit" to any person, least of all to the Samata Party leader, George Fernandes, the Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said here today.

He was referring to the affidavit relating to defence purchases made during and after the 1999 Kargil conflict filed by the Union Government before the Supreme Court.

Mr. Fernandes, former Defence Minister, said in New Delhi on Tuesday that he stood vindicated by the contents of the affidavit filed by the Union Government in response to a public interest litigation petition.

According to Mr. Mukherjee, there was no mention of any person in the affidavit. "Therefore, the inference which is sought to be drawn that a clean chit has been given to Mr. Fernandes [is] unjustified and totally unwarranted," he said.

The matter is before the apex court that will decide on giving a "clean chit" to anyone. A supplementary affidavit would be submitted to the Supreme Court and is expected to be heard in the third week of this month, he added.

The first affidavit mentioned that the modified purchase policies of the then Government were not in violation of the defence procurement procedures of 1992 or of Government financial rules. How can one conclude that someone has been given a clean chit merely on the basis of this, the Defence Minister asked.

What is in question is not the validity or the legality of the procedure involved but whether it was followed correctly or not, Mr. Mukherjee said. There was a change in the procurement policy during the Kargil conflict (May to July 1999) but purchases made even after August 1999 are under scrutiny.

The Comptroller and Auditor General's initial report on the Kargil purchases had said that nearly all the supplies worth over Rs. 2,000 crores were either supplies or contracted and received well after the cessation of hostilities in July 1999 and therefore in no way supported the operations.

Mr. Mukherjee said that the CAG, in its 2001 report, had made observations on 35 defence purchase-related cases, two of which have already been referred to the Central Bureau of Investigation. Three cases stated by the Central Vigilance Commissioner have also been referred to the CBI.

The affidavit has mentioned points raised by both the CAG report and the CVC recommendations to assess the effectiveness of the defence purchase system and identify the major cases of irregularities.

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