Sonia Gandhi leads Cong’s solidarity march to Manmohan’s house

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March 12, 2015

NEW DELHI: The entire top Congress leadership including Sonia Gandhi on Thursday took to the streets to express solidarity with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned as accused in a coal scam case, with the party President calling it "outrageous".

March 12, 2015

NEW DELHI: The entire top Congress leadership including Sonia Gandhi on Thursday took to the streets to express solidarity with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been summoned as accused in a coal scam case, with the party President calling it "outrageous".

Congress President Sonia Gandhi while talking to reporters said, "Manmohanji is known not only in our country but throughout the world as being a person of integrity and probity."

Sonia Gandhi chaired a meeting of the CWC at Congress headquarters early in the morning and immediately led a march to Singh's residence about half a km away in the heart of the capital in which several of Singh's cabinet colleagues P Chidambaram, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, Veerappa Moily and K Rehman Khan were present.

The Congress leaders also attacked the government accusing it of maintaining a "studied silence" after the CBI had told the court that there was no criminality involved in the allocation of Talabira coal blocks II to Hindalco company of Aditya Birla group in Odisha in 2005 when Singh also held the portfolio of coal. Gandhi declared that they would fight the case with all legal means at their command

"I was outraged at the news that summons had been served to Manmohan Singh," the Congress president said.

Singh, accompanied by his wife, received the leaders at the porch of his residence. The leaders greeted him warmly. The former Prime Minister had yesterday expressed confidence that he will prove his innocence in a fair trial.

"Of course, I am upset but this is part of life. I have always said I am open for legal scrutiny. I am sure the truth will prevail and I will get a chance to put forward my case with all the facts," Singh had said.

A special court had summoned Singh along with industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, ex-coal secretary P C Parakh and three others as accused in a case pertaining to allocation of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005 and asked them to appear before it on April 8.


Courtesy: India Today

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