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Moilys virtual clean chit to K G Balakrishnan

Bangalore: Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily on Monday gave a clean chit to NHRC Chairman and former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan, saying there is no evidence of misuse of office by him.

"I don`t have even a single piece of paper to say…these are all the allegations", Moily said, responding to a question on allegations against Balakrishnan`s son-in-law for amassing disproportionate assets and against his brother which appeared in a section of the media.

"It`s only in newspapers and (television) channels", he said on the allegations, adding "just because somebody levels charges, they don`t become true".

Moily said allegations should be linked to misuse of office, if any, by the former CJI. "There is no linkage between the exercise of duty as a judge and certain property made by his kith and kin", he said.

Meanwhile, Moily said there is no difference in Congress on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s offer to appear before the PAC on 2G spectrum issue.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee`s comments yesterday should be seen in the context that no Prime Minister has appeared before a PAC in parliamentary history, he said.

On BJP`s allegation that Congress is making an attempt to make Sanjay Gandhi a "scapegoat" for all the wrongs during the Emergency, he said "it`s not we (Congress trying to make him scapegoat".

Moily said BJP had carried out a "tirade" against Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi in the past for the clamping of Emergency and now the opposition party thinks that the "people have short memory".

BJP`s defence of Sanjay Gandhi stems from the fact that his widow Maneka Gandhi is in the party, he said.

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