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Let CBI investigate the matter: Jagat Singh
December 06, 2005 01:09 IST
Putting up a brave front in the face of intense pressure on his father and Union Minister K Natwar Singh to step down in the wake of the Iraqi oil-for-food scam, Congress leader Jagat Singh on Monday said they were ready for a CBI probe in the matter that should cover all those named in Volcker report.
"Everybody is saying a lot of things and creating confusion, not allowing Justice Pathak to do his work. If you are not satisfied with Mr Pathak, then it's a pity. He is such a senior and credible person," Jagat said.
He said he and his father were prepared for a CBI investigation.
"Give it to the CBI. Let them investigate everybody (named in the Volcker report)," Jagat said.
"My father was the first one to say that let an inquiry be held by the CBI," he added. Claiming that a 'witch-hunt' was on, Jagat said, "What I do find very objectionable is that in today's day and age, this kind of witch-hunt is going on to try and find a scapegoat. We will not be scapegoats." Jagat said the Singhs were interested in only thing at present -- "clearing our good name. At the end of the day, politics is not everything. Good name and honour are paramount to anybody."
"Let the findings of the Justice Pathak inquiry be tabled sooner than later so that the entire allegation against Natwar Singh and Congress be put to rest," he said.
Jagat wanted to know why documents brought back by Virendra Dayal, appointed special envoy to gather relevant documents in the case, were lying in a locker in a bank in Parliament Street and were not with Justice Pathak.
"And if you said you came back with so much information from over there (New York), all important documents which are relevant to the case, then why are you going to Jordan and Baghdad? Why? Because you found nothing in New York?" Jagat said.
"So whatever you have got, put it on the table. If we are guilty, send us to jail. But you cannot hang us or the party or anybody else until you establish whether Mr Volcker's allegations have any basis or they don't."