The Padma Awards 2010 Controversy

This time many people had been nominated for the Padma Awards. One of them was Sant Singh Chatwal and it was regarding him that Congress Party opposed. The party spokesman Shakil Ahmed said that they were of the view that the Padma Award should be given to someone who knows the value of the award and can increase its worth and shouldn’t be given to a tainted person.

Sant Singh Chatwal has been charge sheeted by CBI in a $9 million case regarding his loans from the SBI and other Public Sector banks. Further he had also been convicted for misconduct on a ship and though his charges are all cleared, the party still considers him tinted. After all it’s not that difficult to clear charges these days.

However there is no such rule for selecting someone for the prestigious Padma Awards. The decision and reaction of the government is much awaited.