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Delhi HC seeks oil-for-food scam report copy
August 04, 2006 18:27 IST
The Delhi high court on Friday rejected a plea for not making public Justice R S Pathak's report on the pay offs in the oil-for-food scam.
A full-bench of the court headed by Justice T S Thakur gave the decision on a plea by Andaleeb Sehgal, who was found by the inquiry authority to have got a share in the money out of the sale of oil contracts given by the Saddam Hussain regime in the oil-for-food scam.
"Supposing your client is held innocent by the authority, will you still assail the report," the bench asked Sehgal's counsel Rajiv Sawhney.
Earlier, government counsel Gopal Subramaniam strongly opposed Sehgal's plea saying under the Commission of Inquiry Act, the report is given to the government, which it will present in Parliament. He submitted that the inquiry authority was appointed not to find anyone if anyone was guilty but to ascertain the veracity of the findings of the UN-appointed Paul Volcker committee on the oil-for-food scam in 2001.
Sehgal made his plea when the court took up for hearing a petition filed by him in June complaining that he was not allowed access to his lawyer during the hearings of the authority. He also claimed that he was not furnished with the material on which he was being charged. Further, he submitted that it was his constitutional right to examine the witnesses in the authority.