New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Congress President Sonia Gandhi and offered to quit, according to sources. But for now, the Congress and the Government are waiting for the SC decision on Tuesday and also for the Prime Minister’s return late on Tuesday evening.
As the Congress goes into a mass to defend Chidambaram in the 2G case, politically it will be seen as putting a strong legal defence in favour of the Home Minister in SC on Tuesday.
The Supreme Court will continue hearing the petition that seeks a CBI inquiry against Chidambaram in the 2G spectrum scam.
Last week, the CBI had opposed any inquiry against the Home Minister after petitioner Subramanian Swamy filed documents in the court showing Chidambaram’s connection in the 2G scam.
The Central Government has also been opposing any interference by the Supreme Court on grounds that once a chargesheet has been filed in the case, merely the trial court should take any call in the matter.
Sources say that an offend Chidambaram in his half hour long meeting with Sonia did express his side of the story, although also said that he was ready to quit if the party’s image was taking a beating.
While the Centre will resist any sort of inquiry against Chidambaram, it will still prolong to be on tenterhooks as long as the Supreme Court does not pass an order on the petition.