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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Indian Prime Minister gives clean chit to Natwar Singh in th

[b]Indian Prime Minister gives clean chit to Natwar Singh in the Volcker controversy[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

[b] New Delhi, 09 November ([/b] Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given a clean chit to Natwar Singh and the ruling Congress party which are ‘indicted’ in the Paul Volcker report on oil for food scam in Saddam’s Iraq.

Only Tuesday, he had appointed a judicial inquiry and stripped Natwar Singh of external affairs ministry and made him a minister without portfolio. And the Congress has shot off a letter to Kofi Annan asking him “why the party’s fair name was sullied in the Volcker report”. The five-page letter was sent through a reputed law firm.

Campaigning for the Congress led alliance in Bihar where assembly elections are underway the Prime Minister denied that there was proof against either Natwar Singh or the Congress in the Paul Volcker committee report.

"Our image is not tainted. There is only unsubstantiated evidence in the Volcker report. The report has no proof. Congress and Natwar Singh have been named in the tables of the Volcker report. But this does not prove anything. We will try and get to the truth," he said.

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