Chidambaram dismisses conflict of interest charges

United News of India

New Delhi, December 16, 2011

Breaking his silence the first time since the controversy erupted, Home Minister P Chidambaram today trashed accusations of conflict of interest in a case involving a Delhi hotelier, his old client, saying confidential draft was prepared by the director.
Mr Chidambaram said he was deeply hurt by the charges levelled against him by the BJP.
"The confidential draft was prepared by the director who didn't show it to anyone and sent it on his own. I was clear that no directions should be given. Had I had a continuing interest, it would be conflict of interest. I have appeared in thousands of cases. I reject BJP's charge and I am deeply hurt. I don't have any current subsisting interest with any case."
The BJP had alleged that Chidambaram had acted in conflict of interest while withdrawing criminal cases against the owner of the Metropolitan Hotel in the capital.
The Opposition parties created a ruckus in Parliament for the second day today, demanding Chidambaram's resignation in this regard, resulting in the adjournment of both Houses till Monday.