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Congress conspired against me: Fernandes
April 10, 2005 21:18 IST
Former defence minister George Fernandes on Sunday demanded the immediate release of the Justice Phukan Commission report on the Tehelka expose.
The Janata Dal-United president alleged that the conspiracy to malign him was hatched at the behest of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
The Phukan Commission, which probed the Tehelka controversy, gave Fernandes a clean chit in all the 14 multi-million-dollar defence deals and the Kandla-Bhatinda pipeline project that figured in the conversations in the portal's sting operation.
"I have proof that the conspiracy to malign me was hatched at Sonia's residence by Congress members of Parliament Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Oscar Fernandes," the leader said at the party's two-day national executive meeting on Sunday.
When the Venkataswamy Commission cleared him in the Tehelka expose, a new commission headed by Justice S N Phukan was set up to go into the matter 'but he, too, has given me a clean chit in the deals, as reported by an English daily', he added.
"We want the (Phukan Commission) report to be published. The country has a right to know. And the government cannot suppress facts," Fernandes said, adding once the Central Vigilance Commission report on defence deals was out, most Congress leaders would not be able to show their face.
If the Congress could play such mischief while being in the Opposition, one could just imagine what they could do now that the party was in power. It was a point to ponder, he said.
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