A MINISTER due to go on a foreign tour had a lot of cash lying with him. He thought it would be safest left with the Prime Minister and requested him to keep it for him till he returned. The Prime Minister agreed but insisted that the transaction be witnessed by two of his senior assistants. "Money matters can lead to misunderstanding," said the PM. "It is always wise to have two witnesses."
The Minister saw the wisdom of the advice. The cash was handed over to the PM in the presence of two of his senior advisers.
Some weeks later when the Minister returned home, he called on the PM and asked for the return of the money.
"What money?" asked the PM "I don't know what you are talking about?"
"The cash I left with you," pleaded the Minister. You even had two of your senior advisers as witnesses."
"Let's ask them," replied the PM. The senior advisers were sent for.
"Do you know anything about this Minister leaving money with me?" asked the PM.
"No sir, I know nothing," replied one. "No sir, he did not leave any money with you," said the other. The senior advisers left the room. The PM opened his safe and gave back the Minister his cash.
"Why did you first say you knew nothing about my money?" asked the bewildered Minister.
'I just wanted you to know what kind of advisers I have," replied the PM.
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