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Did Nothing Wrong: Manmohan Responds to News18 Expose on Mallya Mails

Responding to a News18 expose on Mallya Mails, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he did “nothing wrong”.

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Updated:January 30, 2017, 9:22 PM IST
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New Delhi: Responding to a News18 expose on Mallya Mails, former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said he did “nothing wrong”.

Releasing a report on the state of the economy in the presence of former finance minister P Chidambaram, Manmohan said, “I did nothing wrong against the law of the land.”

Documents accessed by CNN-News18 had revealed that the ex-PM may have taken a special interest to try and keep afloat Vijay Mallya's ailing Kingfisher Airlines.

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In the series of emails, Mallya thanked the former PM for sparing the time to talk to him and also acknowledged that former principal secretary in the PMO TKA Nair spoke to the ministries concerned — civil aviation and petroleum —to help the airliner.

“All PMs and other ministers in any government receive representations from various leaders of industry... In normal course, we pass it on to concerned authorities... What I have done was with full satisfaction that we were not doing anything against the law of the land,” Manmohan said.

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He was responding to a question by CNN-News18.

Responding to the question, Chidambaram said: “The loans were given in 2009. I was not the Finance Minister then. The letter you are referring to is a letter written in 2013… The letter talks about NOC of preferential allotments of shares.”

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said: “They (Congress) have no answer to why they gave Vijay Mallya the loans. It’s clearly an attempt to deflect attention...”

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