New Delhi: New Delhi: A day after tendering his resignation, former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar put up a brave face on Saturday claiming that he quit to end an ‘unnecessary’ controversy. He maintained that the Supreme Court had made no adverse comments against him in the case of vetting a CBI graft probe report.
    
Making a brief statement to reporters, he said resignation does not imply ‘wrongdoing’.
    
"I have on Friday tendered my resignation to the honourable Prime Minister while thanking him for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his team. I have done so to put an end to an unnecessary controversy in a matter which is before the honourable Supreme Court and in which no adverse comments have been made against me in any manner whatsoever. My conscience remains clear and I believe that I will stand vindicated because divine justice ordains that truth and justice will prevail," Kumar said in a statement.

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Kumar, who is under attack over vetting of CBI report in the probe into coal block allocation scam, submitted his resignation rday.
    
He also said there are certain political decisions that are considered necessary and he did what the Prime Minister and the party high command thought was appropriate. Asked whether he has been made a scapegoat, Kumar refused to make a comment but said he would rather let people make a judgement.
    
"People of this country, my friends who stood by me, many of you in media and my esteemed colleagues in the profession know me for what I am. I would rather let them make a judgement," he said.
    
Asked whether his resignation was an indication that Congress President Sonia Gandhi has lost confidence in him, the former Law Minister replied in a negative. "I do not think I have lost the support of any leader," he said.
    
He rejected suggestions that making him quit along with Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal on separate issues was 'unfair' on part of the Prime Minister. "It is prerogative of the Prime Minister to ask his colleagues when to resign and how to resign," he said.
    
Some supporters, who had gathered at his official residence, raised slogans in support of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Ashwani Kumar.

(Agencies)

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