HMs statement on Thomas an after thought
"I have seen that (Chidambaram`s) statement. I have to only say that if he knew the case was pending it was the primary duty of the government to apprise the selection committee of that. They did not do that," she told reporters.
"All that he is saying are after thought… These facts are absolutely irrelevant," she added.
Earlier in the day, Chidambaram had refuted Swaraj`s charges that he had misled the CVC selection panel about the Palmolein case pending against P J Thomas.
"I take exception to the statement by Sushma Swaraj…
that I had `misled the selection committee` and told the committee that Thomas had been `acquitted`," Chidambaram said in a statement.
He said Swaraj is "tying herself in knots" by making "thoughtless allegations".
However, Swaraj stood her ground despite Chidambaram`s claims.
"The first thing which he committed was that he concealed this information from the selection committee. It was me who brought this to the committee that there was a case and then he (Chidambaram) said he (P J Thomas) was acquitted," Swaraj said.