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'Rs 71 lakh very small amount for minister like Khurshid'

October 15, 2012 17:54 IST

Seeking to defend his colleague, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma on Monday put his foot in his mouth saying a man like Salman Khurshid will not do any wrong for Rs 71 lakh, which is a "very small amount" for a central minister.

"Salman Khurshid is a responsible person. He is a central minister. He was a central minister earlier as well. When he is saying there is no scam, he should be believed... I don't think a person like Khurshid will do anything for an amount like Rs 71 lakh. It is a very small amount for a central minister," he told media persons in New Delhi.

Verma was commenting on the alleged misappropriation of funds by a trust run by Khurshid and his wife. In a press conference on Sunday, Khurshid had rejected the allegation and had offered himself to any probe.

"If it would have been Rs 71 crore, even I would have been serious," Verma said, adding that Khurshid should not resign from his current position.

Verma trained his guns on activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal who has been demanding the resignation of Khurshid on the issue.

"Kejriwal is going to launch a party. I have all the best wishes for him. India has a multi-party system and one more will come. It's good. But, I have a piece of advice for him: Don't bark day in day out, try sometimes to roar like a tiger. Those who always bark are of no value," Verma said.


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