Does an RBI affidavit make Rajan a less good person?

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New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Can an affidavit by the Reserve Bank of India cast doubt on the nature of its Governor Raghuram Rajan? The question was raised in the Supreme Court on Tuesday during a hearing on the issue whether the names of defaulters could be made public.

Addressing the issue, counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that after the apex court’s December 15, 2015, verdict holding that the RBI was to guard public interest and no information sought on defaulters under the Right to Information Act could be denied, the RBI has asked the banks not to furnish such information to it.

Expressing surprise over the direction by the apex bank, Bhushan said: “He (Rajan) is a good man. I am surprised that such kind of affidavit are filed under his watch.”

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“That doesn’t make him a bad man,” Chief Justice T.S. Thakur said coming to the rescue of the central bank chief and thus checking Bhushan from saying anything further.

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