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As Swamy’s tirade continues, Jaitley steps up to defend FinMin officials

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s continued tirade against the disciplined civil servant of his ministry.

India TV Politics Desk India TV Politics Desk Published on: June 23, 2016 21:51 IST
Arun Jaitley and Subramanian Swamy
Arun Jaitley and Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das after BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s continued tirade against the disciplined civil servant of his ministry.

“An unfair and false attack on a disciplined civil servant in the finance ministry,” Jaitley tweeted, hours after his party’s Rajya Sabha MP flung corruption allegations at Shaktikanta Das on Twitter.

Swamy today appeared to target Shaktikanta Das saying, "I think there a property deal case pending against him (Das) for assisting PC swallow Mahabalipuram prime locations."

It was in reply to his twitter handle followers who had sought blacklisting of RBI Deputy Governor Urjit Patel and Das from RBI Governorship as well as sending Das back to his parent cadre Tamil Nadu.

Jaitley had yesterday led a strong defence of Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian after Swamy had attacked him, and rued how far politicians can go to attack those in government whose discipline and constraints of office restrain them from responding.

"Government has full confidence in CEA Arvind Subramanian, he has provided valuable insights from time to time," Jaitley said on Wednesday.

The CEA is also said to be among the candidates being considered for RBI Governor.

The Minister is in China to attend the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) Board of Governor's meeting.

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