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Mathrani does a volte-face

December 02, 2005 20:23 IST

After remarks attributed to him in India Today magazine caused a political uproar, India's Ambassador to Croatia Aniel Mathrani on Friday night said his 'off-the-record' comments have been 'totally distorted'.

"I gave no interview to India Today. It was an off-the-record conversation and it is completely unethical to have clandestinely taped an off-the-record conversation and publish it. This is a complete breach of privacy," he told NDTV over phone.

"The magazine has reported and presented my off-the-record conversation totally out of context. It has completely misrepresented my comments in the off-the-record conversation and totally distorted it," he added.

He 'vehemently' and 'unequivocally' denied ever saying that 'oil vouchers were allotted to the Congress Party or Natwar Singh when he led a delegation of the party to Iraq in January 2001.

"This is a complete distortion of facts and total falsehood and fabrication."

"I have not said anything new about the programme and itinerary of the Congress party delegation in Iraq that is not already known," he said, adding Natwar Singh himself had said that his son Jagat went to Iraq with him.

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Sub: Is it ethical to conceal

Is it ethical to conceal facts? what does he mean by off the record? Atleast now Indian should awake. This all has happened in last ...

Posted by Vinay Gupta

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PKL. Saturday, the 3rd Dec. 2005. This is quintessential diplomacy,Sri Anil Mathrani the Honable Diplomat demonstrates through such antics what is grist to the Mill ...

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Mr. Mathrani we cannot believe you. You are trying to shield K.natvarsing and big boss of congress party Sonia Gandhi. If you cannot do so ...

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If now what Mr.Mathrani is saying has some truth,then India Today has reinvented itself !!!Till date 'India Today' always gave 'Yesterdays' news, and made good ...

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Sub: Mathrani does volte-face

Trying to wiggle out of his remarks will not change things; He has said what he said, whether off-the-record or not, and the facts speak ...

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