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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

India's Congressparty decides to slap legal notice..........

[b]India's Congressparty decides to slap legal notice to Volcker committee[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Reporting from New Delhi

[b] New Delhi, 04 November, ( [/b]Faced with opposition onslaught in the wake of Volcker report on Saddam era oil for food programme scam, India's Congress party, which figures in the report as a 'non-contractual beneficiary' has decided to slap a legal notice on both the United States and the Volcker committee itself.

On its part, the government of Congress led multi-party alliance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has announced that while it finds the report insufficient to arrive at any conclusion on evidence, it will go to the roots of the matter to establish the veracity. Inquiry is a possibility, spokesman of Prime Minister told reporters amidst mounting pressure from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the resignation of external affairs minister Natwar Singh whose name also finds a place in the report.

Denying any connection with the food-for oil programmme, Saddam Huessin had used to hoodwink the sanctions regime, the Congress spokesman has said the Volcker conclusions are unverified and demanded a full disclosure of the material, on the basis of which the Volcker Committee had reached the conclusion that the party had been a beneficiary.

Failing disclosure of the relevant material, the Congress has demands an unconditional apology for 'wrongly and maliciously' making the reference, Anand Sharma, Congress spokesman said.

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