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Jul 12, 2011 09:30 PM IST | Source: PTI

I cannot be hanged for sins of other ministries: Moily

Veerappa Moily, who was shifted from Law Ministry to the Corporate Affairs Ministry, today said he had been a victim of "campaign by vested interests" for his reform agenda and the "fault of administrative ministries" was wrongly sought to be attributed to him.


Veerappa Moily, who was shifted from Law Ministry to the Corporate Affairs Ministry, today said he had been a victim of "campaign by vested interests" for his reform agenda and the "fault of administrative ministries" was wrongly sought to be attributed to him.


Hours after he was shifted from Law Ministry to Corporate Affairs Ministry, a visibly unhappy M Veerappa Moily today said he had been a victim of "campaign by vested interests" and asserted that he could not be
"hanged" for the "sins" of other ministries.


Apparently referring to the flak faced by the government from the judiciary in the cases like 2G scam, blackmoney and salwa judum, he said it was the "fault of the administrative ministries" and the blame was wrongly sought to be put on his ministry.


At the same time, he insisted that he had not been "slighted" and that the new assignment was a challenge for him which he would turn into an opportunity by carrying out reforms through "fast, inclusive justice" in corporate world.


"There has been a campaign by the vested interests. They knew reform was not pleasant to everybody, which I can't help. I have to do this in the best interest of the country," Moily told reporters here when asked whether he had been at the receiving end.


"All these cases which we fail, it is the fault of the administrative ministry. It has got nothing to do with us (Law Ministry). We are only the face in the court," he said.


He did not specify but was apparently referring to the flak faced by the government from the Supreme Court on major cases. For the 2G scam, the administrative ministry is the Telecom while for blackmoney case, it is the Finance and for salwa judum, it is the Home ministry.


On these aspects, the Law Ministry is understood to have been faulted for not presenting effectively the government policies.


"For the sins of some other ministries, the Law Minister cannot be hanged," Moily asserted.


Showing signs of frustration hours after the reshuffle, he said he had undertaken a series of reforms in the Law Ministry and schemes worth Rs 21,000 crore were under implementation.


He insisted that he had not been "slighted" and said the new assignment was a challenge for him and he would turn it into an opportunity by carrying out reforms through "fast, inclusive justice" in the corporate world.


"There has been a campaign by the vested interests. They knew reform was not pleasant to everybody, which I can't help. I have to do this in the best interest of the country," Moily told reporters here when asked whether he had been at the receiving end.


"All these cases which we fail, it is the fault of the administrative ministry. It has got nothing to do with us. We are only the face in the court," he said.


He did not specify but was apparently referring to the flak faced by the government from the judiciary in cases like 2G scam, blackmoney and salwa judum.


"For the sins of some other ministries, the Law Minister cannot be hanged," Moily asserted.


Talking about the reforms carried out by him in the Law Ministry, Moily said he was proud of undertaking these "bold steps which cannot be appreciated by the conservatives."


He cautioned his successor Salman Khursheed about such happenings with regard to the Law Ministry and expressed confidence that he would be able to carry forward the reforms programme.


"I implemented many things, what I conceived was for the first time in 150 years," the outgoing Law Minister said and regretted that the media was "playing blind" and expecting "quick results".


He noted that one crore cases pending in courts would be disposed off by the end of this year for which he has already written to Chief Justices of 21 High Courts.


Moily appreciated the cooperation received from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi besides the judiciary in his reforms agenda.


In reply to a question, Moily said he was "not upset" at being shifted and he saw the new assignment full of "challenges".

Disagreeing that he was "slighted", he said, "I don't consider slighted. Nobody can do so to Moily. It is media creation."

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