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Senior Congress chief Jairam Ramesh mentioned there was a sustained marketing campaign of vilification and character assassination of former Finance Minister P Chidambaram within the INX Media case.

Speaking to reporters on the AICC headquarters on Friday, Ramesh mentioned the investigating companies selected to suppress the info that the INX Media case was a part of a set of about 24 proposals put as much as the Finance Minister for approval, and in that file, there have been 11 signatures.

He mentioned the Finance Secretary appears to be like on the proposal twice — as chairman of the FIPB and because the Finance Secretary.

“So, the INX Media proposal has 11 signatures of officers, and the 12th signature dated 28/05/2007 is that of the then Finance Minister Chidambaram. These 11 signatures, no objections, no comments, the Finance Minister signs and when any minister receives a proposal with a signature from the 11 below, it is the normal Government of India practice, that you considered that there are no objections and the case is fit for approval,” Ramesh mentioned.

Ramesh added INX Media was authorised on 28 May, 2007, as a result of it had gone via 11 layers of scrutiny.

“There has been no case filed against these officers. These officers have not been found to have done something illegal or something blatantly wrong. Now, if these officers have been exonerated, the question arises, how is the man who put the 12th signature, suddenly became the kingpin,” he mentioned.

‘Political vendetta’

Ramesh alleged that the kingpins are inside the authorities.

“The kingpins are within the government, who are waging this campaign of character assassination and vilification to defame not only an individual, not only a former minister, but also the Congress,” he mentioned and maintained that it’s a case of nothing lower than a political vendetta.

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