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Resigned to end controversy, SC has said nothing against me: Ashwani Kumar

Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar today said that he had resigned to put to an end to the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court's observations regarding the CBI probe into the coal block allocation scandal and denied that the apex court had made any adverse remarks against him.

"I was lucky that the prime minister made me a part of a cabinet. I met him yesterday and gave him my resignation because i did not want the controversy that has arisen out of the hearing in the Supreme Court to continue," Kumar told reporters today.

"The court has made no adverse remarks against me," he said.

Kumar resigned yesterday as Law Minister. AFP

Kumar resigned yesterday as Law Minister. AFP

He also said that the court's observations had been incorrectly portrayed to taint his image.

"What is unfortunate is that what is reality does not come forward but only what the media wants to bring forward," Kumar said.

The Congress MP also said that his resignation did not in any way imply that he was guilty of anything.

Pressure had risen on Kumar to vacate his post following the Supreme Court making stinging observations regarding him perusing and making changes to a investigation report prepared by the CBI in connection with the coal block allocation scam.

The former law minister said that he had taken action as "a loyal foot soldier" of the Congress, based on whatever the Prime Minister and party high command saw right for him to do.

"I am proud of being a loyal foot soldier of the party," he said.

Kumar continued to maintain that he had done no wrong and said he believed in divine justice that would triumph in the end.

"The people of the country and my party men know me for what I am. Let them make their judgment," he said.